The Republican controlled House of Delegates votes to repeal Virginia’s longstanding one-gun-a-month law.
Great news from Richmond. In 1993, Virginia legislators copied a "model" one-gun-a-month statute enacted in South Carolina in 1975. Then South Carolina repealed its gun rationing law in 2004. The Virginia General Assembly should pass Senate Bill 323/House Bill 940 and Governor McDonnell should sign them into law this year to repeal a statute that only affects and penalizes law-abiding citizens since criminals, by definition, violate laws -- especially silly gun control laws. Criminals acquire firearms to misuse primarily through theft and illegal street transactions -- both illegal activities. For non-residents of Virginia, interstate sale of handguns has been prohibited under federal law since the Gun Control Act of 1968. Also, if someone purchases more than one handgun for the same firearms dealer in a five-day period, a multiple sales report must be sent to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). Both of these are current federal law or regulation. And, since when did it become the role of government to dictate to law-abiding citizens an arbitrary amount of a legal product they may purchase in an arbitrary period of time. This issue is less about firearms and more about freedom versus a Nanny State. The time is now to right this wrong of nearly two decades ago.
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