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3 Reasons Why The Legal Use of Firearms for Self-Defense Course Is Important to You

Think about all of the reasons you haven’t done that thing you should do, like taking the Legal Use of Firearms for Self-Defense (LOSD) Course. We figured that rather than try to rebut all of those reasons, we would just give you 3 great reasons why it’s the right decision, right now, and for the future.

1. Prevention Is the Best Medicine

It seems readily apparent how the LOSD Course relates to you as a firearms owner. However, we often know we need to do something like exercising, yet we find a multitude of reason to not exercise. Until we are reminded in a way that we cannot ignore, like experiencing chest pain.  When it comes to deadly force confrontations, you typically don’t get second chances.

The legal system is the same way. As a firearms owner, it is of the utmost importance that you intimately understand the laws that govern your ownership and use of your firearm.


2. $150 Is a Small Price When Your Freedom and Your Life Savings Are at Stake

The costs associated with a poor understanding of these concepts can have dire, life-changing consequences, including spending the rest of your life in prison, and ruining you financially.

A run-of-the-mill brandishing charge can cost $10,000 and leave a mark on your record permanently. A self-defense case can cost you upwards of $250,000. And the cost of defending yourself is nothing compared to the value of your freedom.

We know your time is limited and there are many demands on your wallet but, this is a worthy expense.


3. Ignorance Is Not a Legal Defense

Time and again our students tell us that they learned something new, that we dispelled a closely-held belief as being a myth, or that they feel better prepared to make decisions about their use of their firearm in self-defense.

The LOSD Course is designed to give the average firearms owner a real world understanding of the law of self-defense, particularly as it relates to the use of deadly force.

The legal system has zero tolerance for “I didn’t know” as an excuse for the misuse of deadly force.  At bottom, you are expected to know and abide by the law, particularly if you rely on firearms for self-defense.


Join the ever-growing number of knowledgeable and trained firearms owners.

Stephen L. Sulzer
Mr. Sulzer has been practicing law in Washington, D.C., for 40 years and has been a partner at some of the city’s most prominent national law firms, including Steptoe & Johnson and, most recently, California-based Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. In fall 2013, Mr. Sulzer broke away from Big Law to found his own law firm, and after much planning and preparation, expanded his practice to encompass firearms-related matters. He is particularly focused on criminal and civil defense work for clients who have had to use firearms in self-defense. He has also expanded into matters involving federal and state firearms regulation, as well as Second Amendment-based litigation. Mr. Sulzer has an AV Preeminent Peer and Judicial Rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell for legal skills and professional ethics. Mr. Sulzer is pleased to have been selected as a referral attorney for both the United States Concealed Carry Association and the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. Mr. Sulzer has developed a two-part training course entitled “The Legal Use of Firearms for Self-Defense in Virginia – When the Defensive Use of Firearms Is Permissible and How to Win the Legal Battle That Will Follow.” For the past five years, Mr. Sulzer has taught the course regularly in northern Virginia at the Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly and Fredericksburg (through Historic Arms Corp.’s Firearms Training Store), at Silver Eagle Group in Ashburn; at Fairfax Rod & Gun Club in Manassas; and at The Gun Dude in Falls Church. The course has received enthusiastic reviews from the northern Virginia shooting community and has become the gold standard for those who carry concealed or rely on firearms for home security and self-defense. Mr. Sulzer is now offering the course live online through the National Firearms Law Institute. He is also developing an online version of the course covering the law of self-defense in several mid-atlantic and southeastern states and will ultimately cover the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Mr. Sulzer has also expanded NFLI’s course offerings with a new course on Virginia’s 2020 gun control legislation and a short course on insurance coverage and other programs available to protect your finances if you are involved in a self-defense incident. Mr. Sulzer has been active in the shooting sports dating back to the mid-1990s, when he began shooting service rifles in competition against the Marine Corps Rifle Teams and the Army Marksmanship Unit. He began his competitive shooting career with the M1A and transitioned to the AR-15 in 2000. He competed in three position “across the course” iron sight matches at distances of 200, 300, and 600 yards, and has also competed at 1,000 yards. When Mr. Sulzer retired from competition in 2005, he was shooting Master level scores. He still shoots handguns (particularly M-1911s) avidly, has held a Virginia Concealed Carry Permit since the late 1990s, and is an NRA-certified pistol instructor.
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