Friday, January 16, 2009

Virginia panel deadlocks on closing gun show "loophole"

From Old Dominion:
RICHMOND | The state crime commission deadlocked Tuesday on whether to support a bill that would force unlicensed sellers to do background checks on people who buy firearms at gun shows, drawing criticism from the loved ones of those killed at Virginia Tech.

The 6-6 vote by the commission was largely symbolic and will not stop proponents from filing a bill to close the "loophole" in state law that allows private sellers at gun shows to avoid the background checks that commercial dealers are required to perform. However, whatever bill is filed in the 2009 General Assembly, which starts Wednesday, will not get the commission's approval.

Similar bills have failed for at least the past five years, but supporters vowed to continue fighting for them.

Article here.

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