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Virginia House Passes Repeal of 1-Gun-Per-Month Law
Opposingviews ^ | 1 February, 2012 | Mark Berman

Posted on 02/02/2012 10:10:39 AM PST by marktwain

A law that limits Virginians to one gun purchase per month is one step closer to being repealed. On Wednesday the Virginia House voted 66-32 to toss out the 18-year-old law.

A similar Senate bill passed a voice vote -- a formal vote was delayed until Thursday.

The vote in the House was along party lines; just two Democrats went along with the Republican majority. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell vowed to sign the bill.

The law was passed nearly two decades ago in an attempt to stop the flow of illegal guns from Virginia to the Northeast. New York City, for example, has long said that most of the illegal guns on its streets come from Virginia.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: banglist; constitution; mcdonnell; month; va; vageneralassembly
The concept that the government could or should only “allow” certain people to buy guns stands the very concept of American jurisprudence on its head. It presumes that the government knows all, controls all, and should be doing so. It is wrong and ineffective. It is the opposite of preventing criminals from possessing guns.

It is crazy to set up a huge expensive bureaucratic system, require everyone to jump though hoops and prove that they are *not* criminals in order to try, ineffectively, to prevent the few individuals who are not responsible, from having legal access to guns. This is a failed paradigm, and it should be abandoned. To accept the idea that the all gun sales should be monitored by the government, and only allowed to those it deems satisfactory is fundamentally wrong.

The entire idea of the enterprise has always been the death of a thousand cuts, where the restrictions on who can buy, and where, and how and what are continually increased until the number of gun owners is reduced to political insignificance.

1 posted on 02/02/2012 10:10:45 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Great news!

Now, on to the hard part: getting it passed by the state senate.

2 posted on 02/02/2012 10:15:18 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: marktwain

Seems odd that the law would have passed any Constitutional test. Can you imagine if a state passed a law stating you were only allowed to pray 1x a month, or have a public gathering in your home 1x month? Post online, read a book, have a phone conversation ... the list is endless.

How about only let those who are Constitutionally allowed to own a firearm, buy as many, as often as they like? Maybe keeping firearms out of the hands of Felons, and actully prosecuting Felons who have a firearm?

3 posted on 02/02/2012 10:19:56 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Hodar

Well said. The point that any of our unalieanable rights should be measured is counter to the law of the land.

4 posted on 02/02/2012 10:38:19 AM PST by Made In The USA (This post may be recorded for quality purposes.)
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To: marktwain

My latest “instant” background check was called in to the Virginia Ate Police on 27 January. I’m still waiting for an approval or denial. They’re “backlogged.”

5 posted on 02/02/2012 11:02:39 AM PST by satan (Plumbing new depths of worthlessness on a daily basis.)
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To: satan

Repealing this law is a step in the right direction towards doing away with the ‘instant’ background check performed by the Virginia State Police and replacing it with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

6 posted on 02/02/2012 11:40:52 AM PST by relee ('Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away)
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