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Virginia's One-Gun-A-Month Law Headed for Repeal

Virginia's One-Gun-A-Month Law Headed for Repeal

In what is being called one of the most significant changes in Virginia's firearm laws in 20 years, the state Senate on Monday, Feb. 6, voted 21-19 to allow the purchase of more than one handgun a month. Following the previous week's passage of a companion measure in the House of Delegates by a 66-32 margin, the measure to repeal the one-gun-a-month law now heads to Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who has indicated he would sign it.

Virginians have been prohibited from purchasing more than one handgun within a 30-day period since the passage of a 1993 law, backed by then-Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, in response to allegations of interstate gun trafficking. Attempts to repeal the law in previous years had been unsuccessful.

Sen. Charles W. Carrico Sr. (R-Grayson), sponsor of Senate Bill 323, said the NRA-drafted bill would bring the Commonwealth in line with most other states, noting only Maryland, California and New Jersey continue to restrict handgun purchases to one a month.

"Today, the Senate took a stand for the Second Amendment by eliminating an unnecessary and outdated law," Carrico said in a statement released this week.

Carrico, a Republican from Galax in the southwestern corner of Virginia, said current technology negates the need for the state's limit on gun purchases and that law-abiding citizens will benefit from such a change.



"Advanced technologies like instant background checks have made gun restrictions like this counter-productive," said Carrico, a retired state trooper. "Over the years, it has become obvious that 'one gun a month' only affected responsible gun owners and didn't deter criminals from obtaining handguns."

While Gov. McDonnell supported the ban when he was a delegate representing Virginia Beach, he has publicly stated that improved technology has eliminated the need for such restrictive controls.

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