Virginia Set to Lift Limit on Monthly Handgun Purchases

Virginia Set to Lift Limit on Monthly Handgun Purchases

Virginia Republicans, now in charge of both chambers of the legislature as well as the governorship, are set to lift a 19-year-old state law preventing residents from purchasing more than one handgun a month.

The Washington Post reports that the change has been a longtime priority for the Virginia gun lobby, which is finding a friendlier atmosphere in Richmond since the GOP took control of the state Senate — the last remaining Democratic bastion in state government — after the November election. Republicans had already controlled the state House and governor's office.

The monthly handgun ban is one of several pro-gun bills making progress early in this year's legislative session. "This week," The Post reports , "the Senate passed a bill prohibiting localities from requiring that people seeking concealed handgun permits submit fingerprints as part of their applications. The House passed a bill allowing government employees to store guns and ammunition in personal cars parked in workplace lots, including those at child-care centers and parks."

Other longtime conservative goals are making similar headway in Richmond. On Wednesday, the state Senate approved a contentious measure requiring women seeking abortions to first undergo ultrasound examinations, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. "The GOP-dominated House of Delegates is expected to give the measure swift approval," the paper reports, and Governor Bob McDonnell is expected to sign it.
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