October 15, 2017

About Us

National Firearms Law Institute

The National Firearms Law Institute was formed by the law firm of Stephen L. Sulzer PLLC as an adjunct to the firm’s growing firearms law practice. Stephen L. Sulzer, the firm’s principal member, devotes a substantial part of his law practice to firearms-related matters, and has developed and teaches a two-part 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.” This course has become the gold standard in Virginia for those who carry concealed or rely on firearms for home security and self-defense. Mr. Sulzer is in the process of adapting the course to cover the law of self-defense across much of the southeast. The course will eventually cover all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Institute will support Mr. Sulzer’s efforts and provide the infrastructure and platform required to present the course on line to the firearms community nationwide.

The Institute will also provide a forum for discussion of important developments in: (i) the law of self-defense; (ii) Second Amendment jurisprudence; (iii) federal and state firearms-related legislation and regulation; and (iv) the evolution of self-defense insurance, prepaid legal services organizations, and legal services cooperatives. The Institute will facilitate robust and open debate about the law as it relates to firearms, by enabling attorneys, scholars, government officials, firearms and shooting enthusiasts, law enforcement officers, firearms industry representatives, and firearms-related associations to share their views on significant current events of interest. It will also provide a resource from which newcomers to the world of firearms can obtain information about the lawful use of firearms for self-defense.

We invite you to participate.

STEPHEN L. SULZER

Mr. Sulzer has been practicing law in Washington, D.C., for more than 36 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 a peer-reviewed AV Preeminent 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 few 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 through the National Firearms Law Institute and will be announcing course dates and locations in northern Virginia soon. He is developing an on-line version of the course covering the law of self-defense in several southeastern states and will ultimately cover the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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.