Virginia Repeals Gun-a-Month Limit
Gov. Bob McDonnell lifts anti-gun-running measure
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2012 11:24 PM CST
Updated Feb 29, 2012 4:33 AM CST
The 1993 gun-a-month law only applied to handguns.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Virginia has killed off a law enacted in 1993 to tackle gun-running. GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed a measure repealing a law that restricts residents to one handgun purchase a month, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Before signing, McDonnell spoke to the families of victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, who had hoped to persuade him to veto the bill—one of many pro-gun measures before state lawmakers.

Legislators "have not learned a damn thing," complained the chief of Virginia's Center for Public Safety, alluding to this week's school shooting in Ohio. "Here we are watching kids dying in other states, and we're going to be a purveyor of firearms for other states." One of the measure's sponsors argued that the gun-a-month law was ineffective, and had been "overtaken by technology and improved background checks." A poll taken earlier this month found that 66% of Virginians opposed repealing the law.

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Mar 1, 2012 5:59 PM CST
Thank Providence that there is a real governor in America that believes in freedom and the Second Amendment! "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Feb 29, 2012 6:53 PM CST
If criminals ignore the laws against murder, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, etc. what makes you think they would obey a law requiring the registration of a gun, or a even a law against owning any gun?
Feb 29, 2012 2:41 PM CST
Why is it that every Republican Governor has to act like an Ass Whole . Anything that will protect the public like gun control and help the Police in this country they don't support. Is the NRA that strong of a special interest group. I guess so according to the GOP. Shameful .