Virginia lawmakers should reject gun show legislationUnlike the elitists who write for the Washington Post, none of whom, I'd bet, have ever attended a gun show (how else to explain how misguided they are on the subject?), these people at the Times News actually know what they're talking about.
A Virginia Senate committee has passed along for full Senate vote a bill requiring “private dealers” at gun shows to perform background checks on buyers. Advocates contend the bill closes a loophole in state law, but this bill will do nothing to make Virginians safer from gun crime.
It also happens to be blatantly unconstitutional.
A licensed firearms dealer has to conduct exactly the same background check at a gun show as in his primary business location. Private sales at gun shows are protected under the Second Amendment, which explicitly permits the sale or trade of weapons in a face-to-face transaction. And that’s as it should be.
The ability of individuals to privately sell that extra 12-gauge they inherited from Grandpa to a fellow hunter is perfectly harmless. And through the years literally millions of guns have been bought and traded in this fashion.
And with that knowledge they are better able to grasp that which takes place at these shows. As they point out, licensed dealers follow the law and obtain background checks on purchasers. But Joe Six-Pack, who takes his Dad's beat-up .22 down to the show and sells it out of his trunk, is hardly a "dealer." But it's ol' Joe that the liberals in the legislature are targeting.
And, last I looked, unless martial law has been declared while I was pouring my morning Wheaties, Joe's actions are still protected by that little thingie we refer to as the Constitution.
Here's to the Kingsport Times News for getting it right.
Hat tip to Carl Kilo.