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Gov. McDonnell Allows Unlimited Handgun Purchases

Gun purchases no longer limited to one a month.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed a bill Tuesday that

The bill law was passed in 1993, when Virginia was a haven for gun runners.

McDonnell said earlier this month he would sign the bill, which was passed by the General Assembly on Feb. 15.

The signing comes after McDonnell met with families of people killed or injured in the April 2007 shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The families had hoped to persuade him to veto the bill. Thirty-three students, teachers and the gunman died at Virginia Tech.

The 1993 law was a major legislative legacy of Democratic former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, passed when Virginia was a favorite armory for East Coast criminals. It never applied to rifles or shotguns, the Associated Press reported.

The law was intended to stanch the flow of guns from Virginia to New York City and other metropolitan areas in the Northeast. In 1991, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms found that 40 percent of the 1,236 guns found at crime scenes in New York had been purchased in Virginia, the Associated Press reported.

Dorothy Hassan March 02, 2012 at 06:42 PM
You're right, I wouldn't trust him with my dog! And now we can proudly rest on our laurels as being The Place to build your arsenal.
Rob King March 03, 2012 at 12:03 PM
We should repeal the 2nd Amendment, then only police and military would have guns and crime would stop just as it did in DC when gun sales were banned.
Sarah O'Neil March 03, 2012 at 04:01 PM
This is another piece of legislation that was supported by my Delegate, Barbara Comstock. Is this why we sent her to Richmond? This was not an issue she campaigned on during the last election cycle, nor is it highlighted in her communications with constituents. I hope voters are paying attention to what she is doing down in Richmond.
Dorothy Hassan March 05, 2012 at 12:06 AM
And, how can DC's gun laws succeed when Virginia serves as a supply chain?
tmtfairfax March 05, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Today a federal judge just struck down Maryland's restrictions on an individual's right to obtain a handgun permit. The Second Amendment prevails again. I would think that those justifiably upset with potential restrictions on abortion would be equally upset about restrictions on the right to bear arms. What's wrong with trying to protect everyone's rights?

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