The Action Training Group

Church safety has become a huge issue across the United States. Many training programs and support operations have sprung up offering training and information for security teams.  The development of armed church safety teams and the relatively new industry  that has grown up to equip and train church teams is part of a massive move toward professional firearms training for gun owners that offers everything from rudimentary gun safety classes up to intensive tactical sessions for armed citizens which are also attended by SWAT teams.

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Use of Deadly Force: the Unarmed Assailant

Shooting 1971 Summary.    The following is a summary of information presented by one of our members at our monthly Action Training Group meeting in July. The purpose of the presentation in Spokane Valley was to initiate discussion about self-defense issues so we can start creating Reality Based scenarios that develop situational awareness for armed citizens, church safety teams and law enforcement personnel in the Spokane and North Idaho areas.  Criminal defense attorneys & civil practitioners also need to understand the dynamics of what actually occurs during the decision making process under high stress situations. Read more

FBI Clears Way for Restoration of Gun Rights After DV Conviction in Washington State

Until recently, anyone that had been convicted of a Fourth Degree Assault determined to be domestic violence in Washington State was in a tough position because the NICS did not recognize a Restoration of Rights for Washington state non-felony domestic violence convictions. State and federal laws on the subject of domestic violence and gun rights are very technical and you should schedule a legal consultation in order to look carefully at any convictions that you think resulted from allegations of domestic violence.

Many Washington State citizens with misdemeanor DV convictions who had their right to possess firearms restored were getting NICS denials. The intent of Congress has long been that a state court order restoring firearm rights should remove federal prohibitions on possessing firearms. Read more



The Law Office of Mark Knapp PLLC  represents clients across the state of Washington in criminal defense matters, firearms and civil rights. We provide NFA Gun Trusts and will petition the courts to restore your right to possess firearms in Washington state. We are in the Spokane area and  represent our clients to restore gun rights in  counties all over the state of Washington.

Mark S. Knapp

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Our firm is listed with the USCCA, Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, the NRA and U. S. Law Shield.

We handle DUIs, Assault cases and weapons charges along with other areas of criminal defense and employment law.

Please call to discuss any legal matters about which you have concerns.

Many of our cases involve Display of a Weapon. The charge requires an Intent to Intimidate or conduct that warrants alarm. The usual scenario is one in which an armed citizen honestly believes he or she is threatened, displays a pistol and then the other party calls the police.

It is important to have an attorney who can explain the use of force to the prosecutor based on the particular facts in each case. Many prosecutors look at the police report and assume that the arresting officers know best when it comes to use of force.

Whether or not use of deadly force or the threat of deadly force is justified depends on what the defendant knew at the time that he or she deployed a weapon. If you believed that a threat of unlawful force existed at the time you drew your weapon and if that belief was reasonable, a jury should decide that it was lawful to display the weapon.

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