Federal law applies: USC: Title 18, Section 922
First point is
Second point, same Title, further down:(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person—
(9) has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
Unfortunately, your friend is defined as a "prohibited person."(g) It shall be unlawful for any person—
(9) who has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence,
to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
I believe his only hope is to get the record stricken, and to get removed from the NICS list.
Any VA law simply makes it more difficult. The prohibition is at the federal level. Thank Mr. Brady and his bunch.