Skip to comments.Virginia's "Silly" 1-Gun-Per-Month Law Close to Repeal
Posted on 02/07/2012 5:52:15 AM PST by marktwain
Legislation (HB940, SB323) that would overturn Virginias One Gun A Month law has already passed the Virginia House of Delegates and is slated to be voted on in the State Senate as early as today. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has said he will sign it into law should it pass.
Despite the fact that Virginia is largely considered to be a pro-gun state, legislators have for years rationed the Second Amendment rights of its citizens with a law that limits handgun purchases to one a month in effect, treating a constitutionally protected right as nothing more than a privilege.
Limiting the sale of firearms to law-abiding Virginians is premised on the false belief that doing so reduces illegal firearms trafficking. No evidence supports such a claim. In fact, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the significant drop in crime that began in the mid-1990s coincided with more guns being in private possession and more restrictive gun laws being taken off the books. Were continuing to see this today. As crime continues to drop, weve just marked the twentieth straight month that National Instant Criminal Background Check figures, used to gauge firearm sales, increased when compared to the same period the previous year.
As for one gun a month, even Bob Ricker, a lobbyist for the anti-gun group Virginians Against Handgun Violence, testified under oath in 2003, I think one gun a month is silly.
In its Heller and McDonald decisions, the Supreme Court made clear that the Second Amendment is an individual right. The Virginia Senate should follow the House of Delegates and recognize this by repealing one gun a month a law that only hurts law-abiding citizens.
More recently we've had problems of a similar nature with expansion of the franchise. McDonnell, Bolling and others who ran as Conservative Republicans have revealed to us all they are NO DIFFERENT than the RINOs before them and don't want to let Virginians vote in primaries for all the candidates registered to run for President with the RNC.
It's just like whackamole ~ we beat down one bunch of RINOs and we get another bunch of them. Eventually I hope to see the concept of participatory democracy sweep into this state ~
You have to be a resident for 30 days before you can buy a firearm in VA.
It is possible for a new resident to get a concealed carry license in less than 30 days.
So, you can carry concealed before you can buy a firearm.
But only one handgun a month.
Senate voted to repeal 21-19. Two Dems joined Repubs. McDonnell has “indicated he will sign it into law”.
Virginia’s first black governor, the illustrious Doug Wilder brought that fascist legislation down upon us. He did it for “public safety”. Fascist democrats are always so concerned about “public safety”.. don’t you know.
Freedom doesn’t guarantee safety. Freedom only guarantees freedom.
I choose freedom. I’ll secure my own safety. Thanks but no thanks to the “public safety” demagogues.
In NJ, we have the same law limiting handgun purchases to one every 30 days. I wonder if this will prompt the NJ state legislature to repeal it here... NOT!!!
"But Del. Patrick A. Hope, Demorat-Arlington, said he feared a return to the gun trafficking of the 1990s.
"We were the gun-running capital of the nation," he said. "Let's be serious is one gun a month really an undue burden?"
Lingamfelter said the law now merely inconveniences law-abiding gun collectors, noting that federal law already prohibits the transfer of guns across state lines and adding that nothing prevents criminals from acquiring guns in "back alleys and through theft.""
Excerpt - Richmond Times Dispatch
If First Amendment rights were rationed like Second Amendment rights, then we would have the right to have one opinion per month - my opinion for February is that this is s stupid law.
Waiting for March for another opinion...
Liberal: Why do you need more than 1 gun a month?
Me: Why do you need pornography?
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