Va. Congressmen Urge Checks at Gun Shows

April 16, 2010

Three Virginia congressmen are asking their colleagues to support closing the so-called gun-show loophole.

Democrats Jim Moran, Bobby Scott and Gerald Connolly sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives Thursday asking them to support a bill to require private sellers to perform background checks on buyers at gun shows.

The letter went out a day before the third anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech, where a student gunman killed 32 others and himself. The congressmen also mentioned the shootings at Columbine High School that killed 12.

The families of victims in both tragedies have fought to require the checks. Colorado has changed its laws, but Virginia has not.

A bill was introduced in Congress last May, but has yet to be heard in committee.

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