McAuliffe proposes to restore Virginia's one-handgun-a-month law

(MGN Online)

RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Governor Terry McAuliffe has proposed an amendment to restore Virginia's one-hand-gun-a-month law.

Senate Bill 1023 would restore the law that was repealed by Governor Bob McDonnell in 2012.

McAuliffe wrote that the law, enacted in 1993 by then Governor L. Douglas Wilder, was repealed by the Republican-controlled House and Senate in 2012 and signed by Governor McDonnell.

McAuliffe's amendment would once again make it illegal to purchase more than one handgun in a 30-day period by Virginia residents and out-of-state purchasers.

One-handgun-a-month was enacted almost a quarter century ago to counter Virginia's 'shameful reputation as the gun-running capital of the East Coast,' McAuliffe wrote.

"Five years ago, the General Assembly took the ill-advised step of repealing this common-sense limitation," McAuliffe said. "As a result, Virginia is once again becoming the go-to state for criminals to purchase weapons in bulk."

The 627-count indictment earlier this month of 24 individuals – 22 of them Virginians – as part of a gun trafficking ring that brought over 200 weapons up the I-95 corridor to New York City, highlights the need to restore One-Handgun-a-Month. One of the suspects was recorded boasting, I can go get 20 guns from the store tomorrow. “I can do that Monday through Friday . . . They might start looking at me, but in Virginia, our laws are so little, I can give guns away.”

McAuliffe wrote that his amendment would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for someone other than a licensed firearms dealer to buy more than one handgun within a 30-day period.

"Senate Bill 1023 is a major step forward in making Virginia a safer place and ending its role in the proliferation of firearms up and down the East Coast," McAuliffe wrote.

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