Virginia Republicans to push pro-gun lawsThe one-gun-a-month law was a silly notion in the first place. A desperate act by clueless, resentful liberal politicians. It's high time it went to the scrap heap.
By Steve Contorno, Washington Examiner
Pro-gun Republicans in Virginia said they will press ahead with efforts to undo the state's gun laws in coming months, including the state's long-standing one handgun per month rule, even as last week's murder-suicide on Virginia Tech's campus revived painful memories of the 2007 massacre.
A handful of pro-gun bills is already in the works. Del. Mark Cole, R-Fredericksburg, filed a bill last week that bars localities from offering incentives to gun owners to surrender their firearms and another banning clerks from releasing the names of individuals who have permits to carry concealed handguns.
Gun bills are a regular feature of any General Assembly session, but for years a Democratic Senate regularly killed them. However, next year the Senate will be split 20-20 between the parties with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican, casting tie-breaking votes, increasing the chances of pro-gun legislation passing.
The top target for pro-gun groups is lifting Virginia's limit of one handgun purchase per month.
"I really think this year is our best shot to repeal" the law, said David Adams, legislative committee chairman for the Virginia Shooting Sports Association, an affiliate of the National Rifle Association. The group will also push for liability protections for homeowners who shoot intruders inside their homes.
Gov. Bob McDonnell supported the one-gun-a-month limit in 1993, but on the campaign trail in 2009 he pledged to end the restriction. McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin reiterated that support Wednesday, saying the limit is unnecessary because of "major advances in computerized background check technology since the law was first put on the books." [link]
Here's to the Virginia GOP for bringing a bit of sanity back to the law.