Dave Hardy notes the Senate passed a repeal of one-gun-a-month.
It’s on its way to Governor McDonnell, who has said he will sign it. [UPDATE: I’m told the House and Senate passed different versions of the bill, so it will take another vote of the House on the Senate bill before it’ll head to the Governor.] This is a significant victory, since I believe Virginia and South Carolina were the only states guilted by the New York establishment into instituting these useless schemes. South Carolina repealed theirs several years ago, and now Virginia is finally nearly rid of it. Let use review quickly where criminals get their guns from:
Purchased from -- 13.9 Retail store 8.3 Pawnshop 3.8 Flea market 1.0 Gun show 0.7 Friends or family 39.6 Street/illegal source 39.2
One can see that the most significant source is friends and family, and sources like that are not going to be affected by any rationing scheme, since they aren’t doing their straw buying in large quantities. It’s also been shown that straw buyers, in states that have instituted rationing, are just forced to rotate their buyers more often. It’s often falsely believed by our opponents that most trafficking of guns are large and organized. Most crime gun sources are not organized sources. Even this relatively hostile study notes:
Multiple sales are probably fairly common, considering that three-quarters of gun owners possess more than one gun (Cook and Ludwig, 1996: 15).17 Yet many who purchase guns in multiple sales are likely to be low-risk buyers (e.g., gun collectors), so the risk that guns sold in multiple sales are used in crime is likely to vary across different groups of buyers.
The study admits there’s no real evidence that gun rationing works as a solution to straw purchasing. I don’t think that’s changed in the past few years. Given that this impacts a fundamental constitutional right, that ought to mean that it’s prudent for Virginia to eliminate this law.