January 18, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Senate panel has advanced legislation to ensure that all buyers at gun shows are subjected to criminal background checks.
The Courts of Justice voted 8-6 to endorse a new version of a perennially unsuccessful measure to close the so-called "gun show loophole."
Under current law, only federally licensed dealers are required run background checks at gun shows. There is no requirement for individual sellers.
Bills that have failed for years would have extended the requirement to all sellers. The new version simply says only licensed dealers can sell at gun shows. Individuals could place guns on consignment with licensed dealers.
The measure now goes to the Finance Committee to consider the cost of additional background checks.
The panel rejected legislation to require background checks on private sales.
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