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Section Five – LEGAL ETHICS

Ethics: Counseling Clients in Unlawful Possession of Firearms

A lawyer may not reveal information protected by the attorney-client privilege and may not counsel a client to engage in criminal conduct. A lawyer may discuss the legal consequences of any proposed course of conduct. How do these rules apply to advising a client in unlawful possession of a firearm based on (a) the client’s status as a felon, a person subject to a red flag order, or other legal disability or (b) the status of the firearm being unregistered, prohibited, or otherwise restricted based on its design or features?

Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D.
Attorney & Author