A Virginia Senate panel has approved a bill that would repeal a state law that limits people to buying only one handgun per month. Critics fear it could increase illegal gun-running to the Northeast.
The Associated Press reports that the Courts of Justice Committee voted 8-6 on Wednesday to send the bill to the full Senate. Gov. Bob McDonnell said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
The law was passed in 1994 in an effort to stop the flow of guns up North. New York City, for example, says the vast majority of illegal guns on the streets there come from Virginia.
State Sen. Bob Carrico said the law limits how often a person can exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.
However, Andrew Goddard, director of the Virginia Center for Public Safety, said this is the only state law designed to curb gun trafficking, and repealing it "is not going to make the problem go away.
But the day wasn't a total loss for the anti-gun folks. A proposal that would allow guns on college campuses was pushed back for a year, as was a bill to exempt rifle and shotgun purchases from background checks.