April 19, 2010
Some of the families of students killed and wounded in the mass shooting at Virginia Tech are continuing to press for federal legislation to close the so-called gun-show loophole.
In a full-page advertisement in the Richmond-Times Dispatch on Monday, they're asking U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner to support a bill that would require private sellers to run background checks on buyers at gun shows. Gun-rights advocates oppose the measure.
The "open letter" states that Webb had told the families that he would support requiring such checks. The families also are asking Warner to state his position on the issue. Telephone and e-mail messages to both senators' offices Monday weren't immediately returned.
The letter is signed by relatives of two slain students, and by two injured students and their parents.