Loop Hole in Law Could Allow Criminals to Buy Guns

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

Many are at odds about the so called gun show loop hole.

The State Senate voted 20 to 17 to kill a bill, drafted by Senator Henry Marsh of the 16th District, requiring background checks before buying a gun at gun shows.

Currently, Virginia law requires only federally licensed dealers to conduct those checks allowing a loop hole for vendors like collectors and private sellers.

The bill's creator says, "Virginia is the only state along the coast from North Carolina to the Canadian border that has not closed the gun shop loop hole."

While the opinions vary with several people, hunters told our news that it's just a matter of safety, and they should not have to do that to have leisure. Others, disagree.

Dan Greenhouse, a Virginia Beach resident visiting Charlottesville said, "I understand people's rights to bear arms to protect themselves, and to hunt, but there needs to be reasonable restrictions on those things. I don't think anyone should be able to get a gun right off the bat especially if they have a criminal background, or mental deficiencies. There needs to be certain checks put into place."

Some lawmakers spoke against the bill, too, saying it addresses a non existent problem, and even with the bill, criminals will still find a way to buy guns.

Sen. Cuccinelli of Fairfax went on the record saying it would be unreasonable to think this bill could make a difference.

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