Seven Northern Virginia delegates and two Democratic nominees to the House of Delegates joined the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence at a news conference in Arlington to urge that background checks cover all gun sales, including those at gun shows and online.
Virginia law does not require background checks for gun purchases from unlicensed dealers or private sellers. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) tried to change that, but his proposal was rejected by the Republican-controlled Virginia legislature.
The governor again mentioned closing the gun-show loophole, as it is commonly called, in the wake of the Roanoke shootings, drawing the ire of Republican lawmakers who noted that the gunman in that case purchased his weapon legally.
The fact that the Roanoke shooter bought his gun legally speaks volumes. Rather than excusing Virginia gun laws, it should condemn them and make us want to shore up requirements. This guy had a paper trail both hard copy and digitally behind him a mile long. Flares should have been going off.
Virginia should require background checks on all gun sales. Period. Why is anyone fighting this initiative? If you sell a gun to anyone in Virginia, the buyer should go through a background check, regardless of how well you know that person.
Lastly, I see a pattern here of someone always saying after each mass shooting, “a background check wouldn’t have helped in this case.” This issue is three-fold. Every purchase should involve a background check. The laws should tighten up regarding stability, It should be easier to identify mental health issues that often lead to violence.
Background checks really don’t seem to have many teeth in them. You can check yourself into Central State frequently, and check yourself out, and not be prevented from buying a gun. There are just too many loose ends.
Frankly, most of us are pretty sick of hearing excuses. There is absolutely not one good reason I can think of that would excuse a gun purchase being excused from a background check.
I discovered some “warnings” about gun purchases. Let’s take a look at them (from wiki) and see if the information is true or false:
- A birth certificate or a social security card will not be accepted as an ancillary form of identification.
- Do not lie on the consent form. The offense is punishable by law.
- Virginia state law prohibits any person involved in a protective order for domestic abuse and/or stalking from purchasing firearms.
- Federal law prohibits the following from purchasing firearms: fugitives from justice, those dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces, citizens who have renounced their citizenship and illegal aliens.
- A Virginia non-resident may not purchase a firearm until a state police approval report has been received or 10 days have passed.
- Virginia state law prohibits any person convicted of a felony from purchasing firearms if they have not had their rights restored.
- Virginia state law prohibits the carrying of a concealed handgun without a Concealed Handgun Permit.
- Virginia state law prohibits the legally incompetent or mentally incapacitated from purchasing firearms.