5 Things Every Responsible Gun Owner Ought To Know

This article is written to offer you some information based on my many years of personal experience representing people charged with gun-related crimes. You are not likely to get this information in most firearms classes. If after reading it you become extremely conservative about pulling out your firearm, I have accomplished my purpose. As I often say at the countless legal seminars I have presented at, “Don’t be an idiot with a gun.” I urge you to be a responsible gun owner and think carefully before you act. Your very freedom could well depend on it.
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My Experience As A Criminal Defendant

Attorney Marc J. Victor's Personal Experience with Police Brutality, Arrest, and Prosecution. Attorney Marc J. Victor talks about how he was a victim of police brutality, and how he was arrested, jailed, and prosecuted for a crime he did not commit.
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I Am A Peaceful AR-15 “Assault Riffle” Owner

I am an American. As such, none of my rights depend on a showing of need. I am a free man who has the right to define and pursue my happiness in any peaceful way I see fit. The government does not grant me rights. I was born free. The legitimate role of government is to act as my agent to protect my rights; which exist independent of government. Americans do not beg the government for rights nor are they required to demonstrate a “need” for rights.
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Thomas Jefferson Corrected

Mr. Jefferson's vision of a government that fears the people is not only inconsistent with a truly free society but is also unsustainable. A government that truly fears the people will be irresistibly attracted to ideas and actions which modify that imbalance. The temptation to invent wars, endless crises, or simply grab more power will be ever-present. A society in which both sides fear one another may arise. In any event, freedom and peace will certainly be short-lived.
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Surviving A Traffic Stop

The best piece of advice one can offer is to avoid being pulled over in the first place. A traffic stop offers nothing to be gained. The best-case scenario for the driver is to leave as if the stop never occurred losing only some time. On the other hand, the downside can be disastrous.
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The Truth About Public Defenders

It was over a quarter of a century ago when I first began representing people charged with criminal offenses. As a young inexperienced criminal defense attorney, I often wondered why someone would voluntarily part with their hard-earned money to hire me when they could likely secure a criminal defense attorney from the Public Defender’s Office for free. It seemed I had an impossible case to make to my prospective clients.
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Stop Arguing Marijuana Isn’t Harmful!

We have a spectacular opportunity right now to shift the discussion surrounding marijuana from the argument that marijuana is not unhealthy to the much more important argument that marijuana should be legal because competent adults own themselves and therefore control their own bodies.
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Seeing The Bigger Picture – Freedom

The answer is simple; freedom raises standards of living. Said another way, the libertarians are right! Tyranny works really well for the disgusting anti-social maniacs at the top of the inner circle who benefit by coercing their fellow humans into doing or not doing things against their will.
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Revolutionizing How We All Think About Lawyers and Clients

Trust must always be earned. There is no other way to obtain a trusting relationship other than to earn it over time and through sincere actions that build trust. If trust is broken, it can be extremely difficult or even impossible to regain it. As such, earning and maintaining trust must be a top priority and carefully cultivated in any relationship. The attorney-client relationship is no exception.
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Not Guilty On 83 Pounds of Marijuana and Still No Justice

After deliberating for a full day, the jury got it right. I interviewed the jury afterward. They didn’t believe the officer’s testimony. They realized the state’s case was based on mere speculation and not evidence. They acquitted Maria and went home. It was a complete win for the defense.
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My Journey To Libertarianville

I’ve always been a loudmouth. Even as a young boy, my mother would often say, “Someday, that mouth of yours is going to get you in trouble.” Today, as a criminal defense attorney, I use that “mouth of mine” to help get people OUT of trouble. It wasn’t always that way.
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My Contribution To Science

Back in chambers, I informally explained to the prosecutor and defense attorney why I hesitated to call their drug case. While the defense attorney sat shocked, the prosecutor informed me of his unqualified support. I eventually decided to retake the bench and recuse myself. I stated on the record that I intended to disclose my reasons for recusal in a detailed minute entry.
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Legalize Methamphetamine

Some people posit that legalized meth would send the wrong message to people about using meth. However, the government’s role is not to send messages to us about what is right or wrong or good or bad. We don’t need messages from the government. Free people determine for themselves how to run their lives. I have a right to be a self-destructive idiot if I choose. I own me.
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The Immorality of Eating Steak and Why I Acknowledge Your Right to Eat It

Every once in a while, during some hotly contested debate with either a statist or another libertarian, the issue of animal rights arises. Like most libertarians I have met, I quickly and mindlessly dismissed the issue with a terse assertion about how the Principle is simply inapplicable to “animals.”
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Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy

I cringe to think how many times clients come into my office to discuss their criminal matter with me only to learn they have done possibly irreparable damage to their case. I have found few people who are aware of their constitutional rights.
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Beware of the Dragon Slayer

I don’t represent many clients in misdemeanor cases anymore. Most of my time is spent defending major felony cases. However, once in a while I accept a misdemeanor case that is so obviously an injustice that any prosecutor would immediately dismiss the case; or so I thought.
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Are You Really For Freedom?

I suspect when most people pride themselves on loving freedom, they have in mind wimpy concepts like the rights of others to decide for themselves where to go on vacation or what model of automobile to buy. This wimpy concept of freedom doesn’t generate much controversy because most people personally agree with whatever decision another person makes in these areas.
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Are You A Thug?

Some people are thugs. As a practicing criminal defense attorney, I sometimes get to meet and talk with thugs. Most of the thugs I represent know they are thugs, and some of them are even proud to be thugs. Most people don’t think of themselves as “thugs.” This is because most thugs don’t realize they are thugs. As with most things, the first step to change is an acknowledgment of the facts. I encourage you to honestly consider whether you are truly a thug.
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