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VA Senate Votes to Repeal One-Gun-A-Month Law

Similar bill passed House last week as many want a 1993 rule overturned.

The Virginia Senate on Monday passed a bill that repeals a nearly 20-year-old law limiting handgun purchases to one a month. The vote on the bill sponsored by Sen. Bill Carrico's bill was 21-19.

Proponents of Carrico's bill said the law was no longer necessary becuase Federal guidlines are now more stringent than the rule, passed under Democratic Governor L. Douglas Wilder. Opponents said they did not see any reason to repeal it if the law was working.

To read more on this topic, check out this Washington Post story.

 

John Lovaas February 07, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Certainly makes Virginia sense. Otherwise how could one adequately arm the Tea Party's militia! ?? Welcome to Virginia where everyone is armed to the teeth.
Chipperson February 07, 2012 at 12:14 PM
This is great for responsible gun owners. Remember - gang bangers and thugs only need one gun to commit crimes.
Mike James February 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM
But why? Who in the world would need to buy more than one gun a month? Gunrunners and crooks come to mind...
Chipperson February 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Why should responsible NRA memebers and gun enthusiasts be treated as criminals though? The vast majority of gun crime commited is by illegal guns that were not purchased and registered by responsible owners. Unfortunately intercity thugs are ruining a hobby for a a lot of good, hard working people concerned with the safety of them and their families.
Howard Carlin February 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Chipperson, so you think limiting gun purchases to one a month is the same as treating someone as a criminal?? Just how many a month do you need? Twelve per year is not enough to protect your family? No one believes you, Chipperson, or your cohorts who are doing nothing more than supporting the gun manufacturing industry. So no, we are not treating you as a criminal, but we do hold you in contempt.
The BSD Guy February 07, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I agree with Mr. Lovaas. This was likely done to appease the radical right wing, Glen Beck/Rush Limbaugh inspired conspiracy theorists that feel they need to arm themselves so they can do battle with the evil, socialist government. Any political party that has as its primary spokesmen, a pair of former disc jockey's with no formal education (and with Glenn Beck apparently unable to pass ANY college course he's ever attempted) that sit around and spout out conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory should install a new motto underneath their elephant logo: WE'RE STUPID AND PROUD OF IT!! I can, however think of another group that will be very please with this ruling other than drug overlords and thugs: REAL TERRORISTS.
Uncle Smartypants February 07, 2012 at 06:53 PM
As a "Gun Enthusiast", I for one am thrilled that my inalieanable right to purchase a handgun any old time I want will no longer be infringed upon. Now we need someone to open a 24 hour drive-thru handgun store, so when I get that strong urge to buy a handgun - you liberal pansies will never understand this, but my fellow Gun Enthusiasts know what I'm talking about - when I get that urge I can just go out and buy a handgun, even if I just bought one the day before. I don't know why some people (i.e. liberals, commies, socialists, democrats and other evil-doers) can't understand that this is my constitutionally protected right. Just typing this comment has given me that strong urge to go buy another handgun.
Suzi Evans February 07, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Uncle Smartypants......I hope I don't live anywhere near you. You are just plain scary. I grew up in a household where guns were used for hunting and my father kept a loaded shotgun behind his bedroom door. We slept with our doors unlocked. The thought of anyone "having the urge to go out and buy a handgun" isn't political, it's just crazy. If you already have a gun and you have the URGE to buy another one, you have a sickness. You are more likely to injure or kill a member of your own family than do harm to any criminal. We no longer "arm a militia". This isn't the wild west. You don't need to go out on your stoop and shoot varmints. Tell the parents of the young people killed at VA Tech (by the shooter who bought a gun with no problem....even though he was mentally unstable) that guns are good. No gun will ever come into my house.
Chipperson February 08, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I don't need a gun every day but i DESERVE the right to be able to purchase one as law abiding American citizen who pays a lot of taxes for the masses.
Richard Holmquist February 08, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Per the Virgina State Police website, "With the exception of machine guns, firearms are not registered in Virginia."
Richard Holmquist February 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
There are a number of us "liberal pansies" who are also gun enthusiasts. Trying to avoid being perceived as a "tin foil hate type" like I accused someone else of being today, I can sympathize in some sense with Smartypants. For those of us who are drawn to the feeling of power and safety that a firearm can convey, for those of us with a more libertarian bent than authoritarian, and for those of us who feel that government might not always hold all the solutions regarding policing, especially when met with difficult times like economic depressions or natural and man-made disasters, there's a certain comfort in knowing that one can always defend one's property and family. After having my thoughts shaped after a tour of duty in the formerly-modern city of Sarajevo, Bosnia after their war, and reenforced even yesterday on a business trip where I was in idyllic, stable Male', Maldives and witnessed a bloodless (so far) coup, I maintain a healthy skepticism of the government's ability to protect me during a time of crisis. Do I need to buy more than a gun per month? No. But I don't think government should restrict freedom without a pretty darned good reason. For a bank robber or terrorist, buying lots of guns during a month doesn't help him kill more people. One gun with lots of bullets is all he needs. Or ten guys with one gun each. I understand the fear of guns and the threat that they pose, but the same can be said of chainsaws and automobiles.
Mike James February 08, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Chainsaws and Automobiles have uses other than killing people.
The BSD Guy February 08, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Most laws don't exist to harm the honest and forthright. Laws exist to prevent or discourage criminals from engaging in criminal activity, and put the idea in the heads of the less intelligent that "If you do this, you will be punished." This is a question of rights and convenience versus potential threat. The threat of gangs, criminals, drug lords, and terrorists coming to Va. to stock up on guns is IMHO, quite real, and I believe history has shown this to be true. The "inconvenience" of not being able to buy a gun on a whim is insignificant. If history repeats itself, meaning more and more dead bodies are (once again) traced back to Va. gun purchases, the legislators who passed this bill will (once again) have some of the blood of the victims on their hands, regardless of what excuse they come up with to defend it. Stupidity is stupidity, and the failure to think about the consequences of your own actions certainly qualifies as stupidity. Unfortunately, it appears the failure to consider the consequences of your own actions is seen by the Republican Party as a virtue, not a fault.
Richard Holmquist February 08, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I'm pretty sure we're not going to convince each other about our positions on gun control, Mike. I would argue that killing people can, in some rare cases, be a legitimate action by a law-abiding citizen. My point is that like other tools that often kill people, there's a heavy burden and responsibility on those who own them, but I don't think the tools should be banned. The logic is as silly to restrict automobile sales to one per month as it is guns. I can generally only use one at a time - lawfully or otherwise.
Richard Holmquist February 08, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Fair point.
Uncle Smartypants February 08, 2012 at 07:02 PM
So Much to catch up on! Richard - I can buy a machine gun? Where? Mike - yes, chain saws can be used to cut wood, but that's not it's most exciting use. Suzi - The only thing you have to fear is Republicans in charge of the Virginia house, senate, and govenor's mansion. Instead of doing Work That Matters, they are legislating their primitive ideologies: repealing the one a month ban, allowing teachers to pack heat on school grounds, making it harder and more expensive to get abortions, banning gay couples from adopting, etc. I'm sure school prayer and "Creation Science" aren't far behind. Those are the priorities of the Republican Party. Not transportation or education or other Things That Matter. Virginia has been considered one of the best run states for many years; relatively conservative with some common sense progressive laws. In six months, we'll resemble the bastard child of Alabama and Kansas.
Suzi Evans February 08, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Actually, I have seen the VA legislative body(I went to a "mother's march" in Richmond) and it is truly scary. A bunch of overweight, old, white men trying to change laws that affect the rest of us. They are quite honestly the last ones I want making any decisions for me. I hope northern VA helps balance the odds for having sanity remain in VA. Yep, we'll be right there with creationism, anti-gay and abstinence-only in the schools. We'll be going backwards......to nowhere.
Richard Holmquist February 08, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Uzis-R-Uz. Open 24/7. Hop in your car.
Uncle Smartypants February 08, 2012 at 07:26 PM
But can I get my AK-47 in DSR-approved Russet Brown or Muave?
Richard Holmquist February 08, 2012 at 07:36 PM
AK-47? I know you're a liberal pansie, but a commie too?
Uncle Smartypants February 08, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Choosing the correct firearm(s) for Aunt Smartpanties and myself is never a question of ideology, just personal preference.
Jennifer February 09, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Some people collect guns for their historical value. Usually, such guns have stamps on them that can indicate what country they came from, what war they were in, etc. Anyway, to some people this is interesting stuff. In this case, it's not uncommon to find more than one gun in a month someone would want to add to their collection, so this law can be an annoyance. The one gun a month rule can be bypassed by getting a concealed carry permit, but you have to take a class and it takes a while to actually get the permit.

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