NRA's curriculum advises each firearms instructor to use a business entity to guard against lawsuits. As a Certified NRA Firearms Instructor, Range Safety Officer, and attorney, Arsenal Attorneys' Managing Attorney, Matthew Bergstrom, knows a live fire situation poses special concerns about liability. Incorporating a business, particularly with a generic, one-seize-fits-all, do-it-yourself solution isn't enough. 

That’s why we developed the Firearms Instructor’s Startup Package. It includes:

  • The drafting and registration of your LLC documents,
  • An acknowledgement of firearms safety and operation for your students and training personnel to sign,
  • A customized liability waiver for live fire training to present your students,
  • A contract for instructors you hire,
  • A media release for your marketing activities, and
  • A personal consultation on risk management and best business practices.

In addition to protecting you, we want to help your new business grow. Our solutions will be tailored for your needs and ready to use in a convenient and efficient format. We’re also happy to include your branding or logo in the finished documents.

Additional services are available, including obtainment of a tax ID number, registered agent, and trademarking.

Contact us to request information materials and our questionnaire to begin the process.

Today the Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 878, which, after amendment, would require a Chief Law Enforcement Officer to sign applications for NFA firearms within 30 days if the applicant is not prohibited from receiving the firearm. Now the House bill must face the challenge of receiving Senate approval before it is presented for the Governor's signature.

Arsenal Attorneys provided testimony in support of this bill and its sponsor, Delegate David LaRock (33rd District). We applaud Delegate LaRock for initiated this reform.

If the bill is enacted into law in its current form, it would read as follows.

§ 18.2-295.1. Chief law-enforcement officer certification; certain firearms.

When a chief law-enforcement officer's certification is required by federal law or regulation for the transfer of a firearm, the chief law-enforcement officer shall, within 30 days of receipt of the request for certification, provide such certification if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm. If the applicant is prohibited by law from receiving the firearm, the chief law-enforcement officer or his designee shall provide written notification to the applicant that states the reason for the prohibition.

For purposes of this section, "firearm" shall have the same meaning as provided in the National Firearms Act, 26 U.S.C. § 5845 (a).

Arsenal Attorneys proposed legislation to clarify the right of trusts to register machine guns under the Uniform Maching Gun Act (UMGA).

Arsenal Attorneys' Managing Attorney, Matthew Bergstrom, has been featured today as a guest blogger

Thursday, 06 February 2014 08:44

Latest ATF eFile Data

BATFE collects statistics for submissions to its six month-old ATF eFile system on a weekly basis. For the week ending Wednesday February 5, 2014, BATFE reported the following:

Arsenal Attorneys has confirmed BATFE/NFA continues to issue tax stamps for the transfer of machine guns by trusts in Virginia despite recent confusion about Virginia State Police policy on machine gun registrations.

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