Virginia set to remove limit on monthly gun purchases

PORTSMOUTH, Va Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:38pm EST

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PORTSMOUTH, Va (Reuters) - Virginia is set to remove a limit of one handgun purchase per month that has been on the books for 19 years, one of a host of pro-gun measures moving through the legislature.

The state Senate voted 21-19 to amend Virginia law to eliminate the prohibition that was enacted in 1993 in an effort to curb gun-smuggling operations.

The vote confirmed a version of the measure passed by the House of Delegates in a 66-32 vote earlier this month, and now sends it to Republican Governor Bob McDonnell's desk.

Governor spokesman Jeff Caldwell told Reuters that McDonnell plans to sign the bill into law.

The one-a-month limit on handgun purchases was enacted by former Democratic Governor Douglas Wilder at a time when Virginia had the reputation as a state where gunrunners could arrange to purchase a volume of weapons to sell on the streets of cities such New York.

One of the worst shootings in U.S. history took place at Virginia Tech University, where 32 people were killed in April 2007 by a mentally-deranged student. Another shooting there last year last year left a police officer dead.

Lawmakers who favor lifting the limit said doing so will bring Virginia into line with the majority of states. California, Maryland and New Jersey are the only others with such handgun purchasing limits, Republican Senator Charles Carrico Sr said during an earlier debate.

Opponents of the repeal worry about an increase in violence.

Other pro-gun measures the Virginia legislature is considering include removing localities' rights to require fingerprints for concealed handgun permits and prohibiting clerks of court from disclosing information contained in concealed handgun permit applications and permit-issuing orders.

(Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Greg McCune)

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Good grief, New York city is going to love this. And Virginia Tech had two problems already. Wow. So let me see. A scenario if I may? A nicely dressed white gentlemen walks into a gun shop in Virginia and purchase oh say about 15 guns of various calibers nothing is flagged no the system the man takes the 15. Two weeks later another well dressed person shows up and purchases 10 guns. Who knows why? Who cares its legal. Let us presume that these two men are with the drug cartels running up and down Highway 95. Way to go Virgina.

Feb 14, 2012 4:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
CasperS wrote:
@windmillchsaer1: Do you really think that a law is going to stop law breaking drug cartels from getting guns? Aren’t they already breaking dozens of laws, why would this 1 law change anything? This law only ever impacted law abiding citizens, criminals never cared what was legal or not, remember, they are criminals.

Feb 14, 2012 12:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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