Introduction to Firearms Law


Live Broadcast on December 11, 2017

This course will give an introductory overview of federal firearms law, including the Second Amendment, the Gun Control Act of 1968, the National Firearms Act of 1934 and other relevant federal statutes. State regulation will also be touched upon as well as the basic principles of the law of self-defense.

Key topics to be discussed:

• The Second Amendment and constitutional limitations of firearms regulation
• Legal and liability concerns for gun owners and sellers
• Title 1 and Title 2 firearms

Date / Time: December 11, 2017

•   2:00 pm – 5:15 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 4:15 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 3:15 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 2:15 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.


Richard Vasquez, Esq. is an internationally renowned expert in firearms technology, regulations, and tactics. He is available as a technical consultant, expert witness, security advisor, tactical instructor, and compliance specialist. He regularly advises clients in the identification and classification of firearms, particularly under the Gun Control Act, National Firearms Act, and BATFE regulations. His clients have included private individuals, manufacturers, and governments worldwide.
Previously Rick spent 15 years with the BATFE, where he served as acting Branch Chief of the Firearms Technology Branch (FTB). Prior to ATF, Rick served as a firearms instructor in the Diplomatic Security Service. During his distinguished career as a US Marine, Rick served as a weapons instructor and as detachment commander of the Marine Embassy Guard in Moscow.
Here is a small sample of Rick’s accomplishments and skills:

• Expert witness in over 40 Federal and state court trials
• Instructor for Interstate Nexus
• Distinguished High Power Rifle Shooter
• Previous FFL Holder
• Certified armorer for Ruger, Glock, Smith and Wesson, and Heckler & Koch
• Advanced training in manufacturing and history of Marlin, Savage, H&R Inc., Winchester, Mossberg, Springfield Armory, Wilson Tools, Sig, Glock, Walther, Mauser, and others.
• Knowledgeable in Principles of Acoustics and the Measurement of Sound
• Delivered training in the recognition of silencers/silencer components and served as an expert in the classification of silencers and silencer components under federal statutes
• Author of numerous training lesson plans in a variety of firearms subjects
• Firearms instructor and security advisor to foreign government personnel, including France, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Canada, Belize, Jamaica, Curacao and Guatemala
• Conversant in all aspects of the National Firearms Act (NFA)
• Knowledgeable in the requirements of importing firearms and firearms components, including ITAR
• Recipient of Public Service Award from the United States Attorney in the 4th district
• Recipient of ATF’s Distinguished Service Medal
• Recipient of numerous letters of appreciation from ATF, FBI, and foreign law enforcement

George Lyon, Esq. has been at the forefront of the fight for second amendment rights in the nation’s capital. In 2003 he joined with five other plaintiffs in the landmark case that resulted in the United States Supreme Court confirming that the Constitution guarantees an individual right to own a functional firearm. That decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, overturned DC’s prohibition on owning a handgun and now stands as a bulwark against infringements on second amendment rights. In 2009, he joined with three other plaintiffs and the Second Amendment Foundation to challenge the District of Columbia’s absolute ban on carrying a firearm for personal protection outside the home. That case, Palmer v. District of Columbia, resulted in the first issuance of DC concealed carry licenses in some 40 years.

Mr. Lyon is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia and Supreme Court bars. He has practiced administrative law and civil and appellate litigation for more than 35 years in Virginia and DC with an emphasis on communications. He earned his law degree in 1979 from the Marshall Wythe Law School of the College of William and Mary where he served on the William and Mary Law Review. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society from the University of Virginia where he was special projects and production editor of The Cavalier Daily and a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. He is the author of “Ethical Responsibilities of Defense Counsel in the Juvenile Court” published in the Journal of Juvenile Law. Mr. Lyon has extensive firearms training in each of handgun, shotgun and rifle. He is certified by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department as a DC Concealed Carry Instructor. He is also certified as a firearm instructor by the Maryland State Police. He holds NRA Firearm Instructor certifications in Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, and Range Safety Officer. He holds a federal firearms collector’s license and is the President of the DC Chapter of the Community Association for Firearms Education.

Mr. Lyon has written and spoken on a variety of firearms and self-defense legal issues. Mr. Lyon has testified frequently before the DC City Council on firearms related issues. His advocacy was instrumental in effecting positive changes in several provisions of DC law, including relaxation of ammunition restrictions, allowing possession of firearms in the District in the course of training, and conforming DC law with federal law relating to armor piecing handgun ammunition and permissible shotgun barrel length. He is continuing his advocacy for rational firearms regulation with Arsenal Attorneys. 

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Section I. Constitutional Components of Firearms Law (presenter George Lyon)
a) The Second Amendment
b) Gun Shows and the First Amendment
c) The Taxing and Commerce Clauses
d) State Constitutional Provisions
e) Firearm Regulations at the State Level

Section II. Gun Ownership Legal Concerns (presenter George Lyon)
a) Restricted and Prohibited Weapons
b) Persons Prohibited from Possessing a Firearm
c) Restoration of Second Amendment Rights
d) Rules for Transporting Weapons, Firearm Owners Protection Act
e) Open and Concealed Carry & Reciprocity with Neighboring States

Section III. Liability Concerns for Gun Dealers and Owners (presenter George Lyon)
a) Criminal vs. Civil Penalties for Firearm Injuries
b) Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act and Lawsuits Against Firearm Manufacturers
c) Individual Liability in Accidental Shootings
d) Child Access Prevention Laws
e) Stolen Firearm Used in a Crime
f) Lawful vs. Unlawful Uses of Force

Section IV. Title 1 Firearms and Their Regulation (presenter Rick Vasquez)
a) Gun Control Act of 1968
b) National Firearms Act of 1934
c) Modern Firearms, Curios and Relics, and Antiques – Important Definitions
d) Purchasing Requirements/Background Checks
e) Form 4473
f) Multiple Handguns and Form 3310.4
g) Curio and Relic Licenses: Their Functions and Limitations

Section V. Title 2 Firearms (presenter Rick Vasquez)
a) What is a Title 2 Firearm?
b) Tax and Purchase Procedures for Title 2 Firearms
c) Transportation and Use Requirements with Title 2 Firearms
d) Title 2 Firearms and Entities Exempt from Tax and Purchasing Requirements
e) The Special Occupations Tax and Becoming a Title 2 Firearms Dealer