Sunday, August 14, 2022

‘Arm yourself with knowledge’: Gun law seminar coming to Williamsburg this Sunday

(WYDaily/File photo)
(WYDaily/File photo)

A firearms legal defense organization will conduct an educational seminar on gun laws Sunday at the Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance.

The two-hour seminar by a local branch of U.S. Law Shield begins at 3 p.m. It will cover topics such as use of deadly and nondeadly force, “stand your ground” laws and where citizens can legally carry guns.

“It’s very important when you’re in public and want to be a responsible gun owner to know when to use force,” event organizer Jay Hermoso said.

Hermoso, the area manager from U.S. Law Shield in Hampton Roads, said his group has hosted regular gun-related events at the Chamber of Commerce building, 421 N. Boundary St., for more than a year.

The group also hosts concealed carry permit classes in Williamsburg and around the area. One class for women only is being held at the chamber at 6 p.m. Friday. Last August, U.S. Law Shield also held an active shooter survival workshop at the chamber.

The informal seminar includes an opportunity to ask an attorney questions and learn about the situations where force can and cannot be used.

“The law is not black and white like people think,” Hermoso said. “You have to be very judicious in the use of that force.”

Hermoso added that many gun owners pass background checks and receive training to carry a weapon, but they often don’t “get any further” and take classes about gun laws.

The seminar will not include tactical training or information on how to use a weapon, Hermoso said.

The seminar costs $5 for U.S. Law Shield members and $10 for non-members. Those who register will receive a free U.S. Law Shield publication, “When Can I Legally Shoot? Knowing The Law Of Deadly Force.”

Chamber President Karen Riordan said the chamber rents its building to both chamber members and no-members, and rentals are open to anyone who is obeying the law.

More information about registration for the event can be found at the gun law seminar website.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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