Gov. Bob McDonnell repeals Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month law

Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a bill today that lifts Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month limit, the Associated Press reported. The state’s General Assembly passed the legislation on Feb. 15.

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Now Virginians can buy more than one gun per month from commercial sellers. It is already possible to buy multiple firearms each month in private transactions like buying guns from friends, the AP reported.

Proponents of the law change had argued that technology and new requirements for background checks made the law unnecessary, the Washington Times reported.

The families of people killed or injured in the April 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, failed to convince the governor to veto the bill when they met with him over the weekend, the Washington Times reported. The gunman and 32 victims died in that incident.

“Getting rid of the one-handgun-a-month law will make it easier for gun traffickers to purchase handguns in bulk,” Lori Haas, whose daughter Emily was wounded at Virginia Tech, said in a statement today, the AP reported. “There have been too many tragedies in other states fueled by guns that come from Virginia, and this will only make the situation worse.”

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