A Virginia Senate panel designed to eliminate House gun rights proposals went about its work efficiently Thursday, killing an attempted repeal of the state's 17-year-old ban on buying more than one handgun a month and several other bills.I guess Zorro was right that this one was far from a foregone conclusion. In fact, with a subcommittee like that, it was quite the opposite.
The Senate Courts of Justice special subcommittee, which was composed of four Democrats and one Republican, voted 4 to 1 along party lines to table the gun-a-month repeal sponsored by Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William).
"I think that the NRA's agenda of any gun, anywhere, anytime has been dealt a blow," said Lori Haas, a gun-control activist whose daughter survived two superficial gunshot wounds in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.
Gun-control advocates said that repealing the law would make it easier for people to buy many guns -- or to recruit straw purchasers to do so -- and ship them to urban areas on the East Coast. They reminded the senators that Virginia's rank as a supplier of illicit weapons dropped from first to sixth after the law's passage in 1993.
What could the pro-gun response to that possibly be? I've heard the excuse that all crime when down at that time, but that doesn't explain the comparative ranking of Virginia as supplier of illicit weapons after the one-gun-a-month law went into effect.
Another thing I often hear is why would there be so many reports about Virginia guns ending up in New York and New Jersey if the law was working. My response is the obvious one, if not for the laws restricting guns, the results would be that much worse
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