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Monday, December 17, 2007

More on Closing the "Gun Show Loophole"

More newspaper editorial boards have jumped on the bandwagon in favor of closing the so-called "gun show loophole." This time it is the Lynchburg News and Advance and the Danville Register and Bee. Like most of their cohorts, the Lynchburg newspaper uses the non-existent "unlicensed dealers" term to describe private sales between gun owners while the Danville paper at least gets it right when it comes to private sellers.

The News and Advance editors go on to say, "...the shows provide access to weapons for convicted felons and those with a history of mental illness that they would not otherwise be allowed to buy." Apparently they have not read the three studies conducted by the federal government that proved just the opposite.

This session of the General Assembly is shaping up to be like the 1993 session when Governor Doug Wilder pushed through handgun rationing. The gun banners smell blood and have a Governor on their side for the first time in 12 years. VSSA will be fighting hard to see that they are not successful.

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