It looks like Virginians will have to stick with buying only one hand gun a month in the Old Dominion.
The Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed House Bill 49 which would have lifted the 16 year old restriction on the number of handguns a person can buy. The purpose of the law that was enacted in 1993 was to prevent gun running. Crooks bought guns by the case in Virginia and resold them in the North East where gun pruchase was more restricted. Tracing the guns used felonies were traced back to Virginia in greater number than any other state. Governor Douglas Wilder was a strong supporter of the one hand gun a month legislation.
Many moderates feel comfortable with things the way they are. Others will not be happy with the fact that this bill got stalled in committee. Our neighbors to the north, however, are probably very glad that we wont be back to being the gun running state.