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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bloomberg Brings "Fix Gun Checks" Show to Richmond

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) brought their "Fix Gun Checks" dog and pony show to Richmond yesterday and featured a who's who among Richmond's political anti-rights crowd.  Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones was joined by State Senators Henry Marsh and Don McEachin. Also joining the politicos were family members of those killed by criminals in the city.

James Curtis Seay's death four years ago in Southside still haunts his mother and aunt. 
"He was robbed. Three punks robbed him and they shot him twice. They killed him for no reason. And to this day our families destroyed," said Laverne Seay-Brown.

What none of the assembled could explain is how forcing private sales to go through background checks would keep criminals from getting firearms.

The rally also drew some pro-rights folks to give the other side of the story.

"It's going to limit our ability to be able to purchase guns in the long run or to sell guns. If I want to pass it to my son they're going to say he has to pass a background check too," said Keith Swinney.
The annual so called "gun show loophole" bill has never made it out of committee in the House of Delegates and has made it out of committee in the State Senate once, only to be killed in the full Senate.  The Senate did not have a sponsor for the legislation in the 2011 Session of the General Assembly.

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