IN A RARE moment of gun law sanity, Virginia enacted a bill 17 years ago limiting the purchase of handguns to one a month. Almost immediately, the numbers of guns traced to Virginia that were used in crimes in the Northeast, particularly in New York, dropped sharply. Now, thanks to Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter, a Prince William County Republican who is pushing to repeal the law, the Old Dominion may regain the dubious distinction of being a leading arsenal for criminals. Mr. Lingamfelter's measure cleared the House of Delegates in Richmond this week and is headed for the state Senate. It was backed mainly by House Republicans, for whom the purchase of a dozen handguns annually is apparently not enough.
I don't think anyone expects this to be blocked in the Senate. But what's the real reason behind this? Isn't it an indisputable and obvious fact that straw purchasers who buy handguns which go directly into the black market should be limited in their efforts? Wouldn't the repealing of this law guarantee a major increase in those trafficked guns? So, why are gun owners so adamant about this?
My idea is that for gun rights advocates this as a small victory in what they see as a big war. They've lost the ability to see reason and common sense. The Washington Post said it right, calling this law a "rare moment in gun law sanity."
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