Former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who recently lost his bid for governor, has launched an online website that promises to defend gun owners from firearms charges for a monthly retainer of “as little as $8.33″.
According to the Washington Post, Virginia Self Defense Law, a law firm formed by Cuccinelli and three partners, will focus on defending Second Amendment rights.
Armed with the slogan, “Defending those who defend themselves,” the on-line law firm advertises, “A legal retainer with Virginia Self Defense Law costs as little as $8.33 a month — less than half the cost of a hunting license. Don’t be a victim! Don’t let these realities become your family’s fiscal nightmare!”
Seeking to tap into fears of some gun owners that the right to bear arms is under assault, the firm promises to defend clients facing firearms charges stemming from acts of self defense or harassment “by law enforcement for lawfully carrying their weapon.”
“It’s not insurance. It’s a retainer plan. But it gives you peace of mind knowing ultimately if something happens, you’ve got that coverage,” explained Cuccinelli partner, Virginia State Sen. Thomas A. Garrett Jr. (R-Louisa).
The firm’s Web site contains links to news stories about cases where gun owners were charged with crimes from “Man arrested in front of his son for ‘rudely displaying weapon’” to the case of George Zimmerman, who ran up massive legal bills defending himself against murder charges in the death of unarmed Trayvon Martin in Florida.
The idea of a low cost online defense firm has been tried previously in Texas, but a nationwide firm is something new.
Cuccinelli explained that national groups will find their clients a lawyer — probably a low-priced one — as the need arises.
“All of us . . . can name cases we know of in various places where really outrageous things went on just to torment lawful, law-abiding gun owners,” Cuccinelli said. “We’re filling a market need.”
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