Federal Firearms Laws (from Annual Firearms Law in Virginia 2021) (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 1.5
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 1.5 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 1.5 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
VIDC Re-Certification Credit: 1.5 (VIDC Information)
Price: $119 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 08/31/2024


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of one session from the October 2021 webcast seminar, 2nd Annual Firearms Law in Virginia.

The federal Gun Control Act and the National Firearms Act amount to a complex array of regulation. Discussion is led by an experienced counsel with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This session covers the most common aspects of federal firearms law for the practitioner, including:

  • Gun Control Act and National Firearms Act
  • Persons prohibited from possessing firearms, and how firearms rights can be restored
  • Federal regulations of interstate commerce in firearms, including regulation of sales and transfers, and firearm dealer licensing
  • Federal regulation of carrying and transportation of firearms
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Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D., Attorney at Law / Fairfax

“Stephen Halbrook is an attorney with extensive knowledge of the historical underpinnings of the Second Amendment and practical knowledge of litigating in this rapidly evolving area of law. His writings include topics as diverse as Gun Control in the Third Reich and The Founders’ Second Amendment, and he was heavily involved in Heller and McDonald.” — U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan, in Shepard v. Madigan, 2014 WL 4825592, *7 (S.D. Ill. 2014) (awarding attorney’s fees). See further http://stephenhalbrook.com/.

Mr. Halbrook has been engaged in civil litigation and criminal defense since 1978. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, District of Columbia Bar, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals—all circuits, other federal courts. He has testified in U.S. Senate and House Committees on numerous firearm bills and on the nominations of executive branch and Supreme Court nominees. Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (1978); Florida State University, Ph.D. Philosophy (1972). Assistant Professor of Philosophy 1972-81, George Mason University, Howard University, Tuskegee University. Senior Fellow, The Independent Institute.

Mr. Halbrook argued and won Castillo v. U.S., 530 U.S. 120 (2000); Printz v. U.S., 521 U.S. 898 (1997); U.S. v. Thompson/Center Arms Co., 504 U.S. 505 (1992). Co-counsel in Small v. U.S., 544 U.S. 385 (2005), and for NRA in McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 742 (2010). Counsel for amici curiae 55 Senators, the Senate President, and 250 Representatives in D.C. v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008).

Books authored:

• The Right to Bear Arms: A Constitutional Right of the People or Privilege of the Ruling Class? (Post Hill Press 2021).
• Firearms Law Deskbook: Federal and State Criminal Practice (Thomson/West 2020).
• Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France: Tyranny and Resistance (2018).
• Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State” (2013).
• The Founders’ Second Amendment (2008, new ed. 2019). Cited in McDonald v. Chicago.
• Freedmen, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Right to Bear Arms (1998). New edition: Securing Civil Rights (2010). Cited in McDonald v. Chicago and DC v. Heller.
• That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right (1984, new edition 2013). Cited in Printz v. U.S.


James P. Vann, United States Department of Justice / Washington DC

James P. Vann serves as the Associate Chief Counsel of the Firearms and Explosives Law Division for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In this position he supervises the attorneys who provide legal services to ATF on national issues involving firearms and explosives law. Previously he served for nine years as the Division Counsel for the Washington Field Division. There he represented ATF at administrative hearings to revoke firearms and explosives licenses, and provided legal advice to agents and investigators on criminal and regulatory matters involving the Gun Control Act, National Firearms Act, Safe Explosives Act, Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act, PACT Act, and other matters within ATF’s jurisdiction. He has also been appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in several judicial districts throughout the country to assist in the prosecution of federal criminal cases.

Mr. Vann has been with the Office of Chief Counsel at ATF for fifteen years. He began his legal career as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Virginia. He became a Project Exile attorney after the first year, focusing primarily on the prosecution of gun crimes.

Mr. Vann received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and his Juris Doctorate from William and Mary School of Law.

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