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Monday, February 3, 2014

Virginian Pilot Laments Demise of Gun Control Legislation at General Assembly

In an editorial entitled "Prudent gun laws turned back again," the Virginian Pilot complains about the House of Delegates dispatching the annual list of gun control legislation:
Universal background checks for gun purchases have broad support just about everywhere except Virginia's General Assembly.

Meanwhile, local law enforcement officials may soon lose all discretion when it comes to regulating where urban residents can have federally restricted firearms, including machine guns, grenades and short-barrel shotguns and rifles.

Both are part of a long-standing pattern of hostility, in the House of Delegates especially, to even the most modest efforts to keep weapons out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them.
It should be noted that while they aimed their disgust at the House of Delegates, gun control legislation has met the same fate in the State Senate.

And they don't miss the chance to repeat the misleading statistic that 91% of the public supports unversal background checks. Never mind that so-called "universal" background checks would not have stopped any of the recent high profile shootings in the last year.

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