Ken Cuccinelli Would Like to Help You Legally Use Your Gun

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Feb. 28 2014 11:41 AM

Ken Cuccinelli Would Like to Help You Legally Use Your Gun

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If the good life is all about following your passions, then Ken Cuccinelli must be the happiest man on earth. As Attorney General of Virginia, Cuccinelli spent countless hours and thousands of taxpayer dollars exuberantly striving (and failing) to defend the state's blatantly unconstitutional sodomy ban in court. Now, following a loss in November's gubernatorial race, Cuccinelli is shifting his focus from sodomy to his next biggest infatuation: guns. From the Washington Post

Cuccinelli and three partners have launched Virginia Self Defense Law, a firm focused on defending Second Amendment rights. With bargain-basement pricing and a cheeky slogan — “Defending those who defend themselves” — the venture seeks to tap into a feeling among some gun owners that the right to bear arms is under attack.
“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,” the firm’s Web site says. “Don’t be a victim! Don’t let these realities become your family’s fiscal nightmare!”
For that price, the firm promises to defend clients facing firearms charges stemming from an act of self defense and those who have been “harassed by law enforcement for lawfully carrying their weapon.”
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To illustrate the necessity of such services, the firm points to George Zimmerman's sky-high legal fees—reportedly $2.5 million—as well as an assortment of firearm-related fines. Cuccinelli and his partners are drumming up publicity by advertising at gun shows around Northern Virginia; although Cuccinelli hasn't personally appeared at any events, his partners routinely tout a cardboard cutout of the Tea Party darling. In the month since it launched, the firm has drawn about 30 clients. 

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues.