Governor Bob McDonnell after meeting with families of the Va Tech shootings signed into law today a repeal of a 19 year old law that prohibits the purchase of more than one handgun per month.
The one hangun purchase a month was introduced and voted into law by Governor L. Douglas Wilder in 1993. Virginia House republicans say the law is outdated and argue that technology has been upgraded to better detect those convicted of felony convictions and other criminal activity when trying to purchase guns.
The heated debate: House republicans felt the Wilder Handgun Law was outdated and should have been put on mute. The republicans say with advance technology and working with the Virginia State Police and the Federal Government they will keep guns out of criminals hands. On the hand, house democrats felt that passing this legislation would once again make Virginia the ‘gun capital’. Virginia was known as the state where there was no limits on purchasing handguns and people would travel up and down the east coast to purchase them.
The Virginia House of Delegates voted 66-32 to pass the legislation that eliminates prohibition on purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period.
Introduced by: L. Scott Lingamfelter
Read House Bill 940 in its entirety http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+ful+HB940+pdf
The Virginia Senate voted 21-19 to pass legislation that eliminates prohibition on purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period.
The Virginia Senate passed a measure that would repeal the one gun purchase over a 30-day period. The bill (sb323) would allow for the purchase of more than one handgun a month. Similar legislation passed in the House of Delegates (hb940). The vote from both the house and senate means this bill will go to Governor Bob McDonnell’s desk and he will sign the repeal into law.
Track all legislation introduced at Virginia’s General Assembly at http://lis.virginia.gov