Virginia Gun Sales Peak in July After Gun Law Repealed

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

August 8, 2012

According to the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center, state gun sales jumped 29% since July 2011 and 17% since June. So Virginians bought 29,000 guns in the past month since the law was repealed. This is in part, because now people can buy more than one gun in a month.

Locally, that might not be the case. Michael Brookman, the owner of Albemarle Firearms said many people didn't know about the law that was in place.

"I've seen few, maybe a handful of people come in and take advantage of buying multiple guns," he said. "And by multiple, I mean two guns."

He said with the big price tags that hand-guns have, it is rare that someone will be ready to go into the store and spend $1,000 or more, on multiple guns.

Delegate David Toscano said his worry is that these purchased guns are getting into the wrong hands.

"When so many guns are bought, they travel across state lines and up to the northeast where they are used to kill people and I think that's what people are worried about," Toscano said.

But Brookman believes that's just the American way.

"It's just America's interstate commerce. It's a freedom that we have," he said. "Just look at drugs and cigarettes for example. Trafficking cigarettes is huge! A truck-load of cigarettes is worth almost a million dollars and that's a lot more than guns. Will that ever end? I don't know," said Brookman.

And in terms of guns getting into the wrong hands, Brookman says that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms made it very clear to him that if he is uncomfortable with any customer for any reason, he does not have to sell the gun.

But Toscano says Virginia might once again become known as the 'gun-running state' with these numbers.

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