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Gun Law In Question After Tech Shooting

By: Michael Gorsegner Email
By: Michael Gorsegner Email

April 22, 2007

A full review is underway after the shootings at Virginia Tech. One of the questions being answered will be whether the shooter should have had access to weapons.

"I think there are some people who interpret the laws perhaps some way and some who interpret them a different way," said Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, (R) Virginia.

It's that confusion that has Virginia's elected officials searching for answers. Appearing today on Fox News Sunday, Bolling says he has been given no clear cut answer to whether the shooter should have even been eligible to legally buy any weapons.

"There may be some conflicts between federal laws and state laws," he said.

"There is obviously some evidence that the federal regulation dealing with bans on those who are mentally ill and are danger to themselves or others is somewhat different than our state statute," said Attorney General Bob McDonnell, (R) Virginia.

McDonnell says state law only prohibits the sale of guns to a person that has been committed to a mental health facility, not a person with a documented background. And while no one could have seen this rampage coming, he says legislators are going to do their best to make sure this type of tragedy never happens again.

"We are going to look at everyone of our statutes and regulations dealing with mental health and firearms and others to see what changes need to be made," he said.

While it is unclear if the gun sales might have violated some laws, the sales of the ammunition did not. A person needs no background check to purchase bullets. All a person needs is to be of age.

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