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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - David W. Marsden
The Virginia Senate on Monday voted to repeal the state's long-standing law limiting handgun purchases to one a month, delivering a major victory to gun rights and Second Amendment advocates.
The GOP presidential field took some friendly fire from Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II on Wednesday, as the iconoclastic Republican politician counted himself thankful his run for governor in 2013 wouldn't come in the same year as the presidential contest.
Republican hopes for an effective majority in the Senate and a historic power grab in Richmond were pinned late Tuesday on a central Virginia race in which a GOP challenger clung to an 86-vote lead with a final count not expected until Wednesday.
A Republican candidate for the Virginia Senate has ties to a group with a trail of accusations that it sent unsolicited and anonymous text messages at the eleventh hour of political campaigns — messages similar to those Virginia Democrats say they have intercepted in recent days and suspect are illegal.
"If you can't win at the ballot box, win in parliamentary maneuvering," Mr. Marsden said. "I'm ashamed of what the Senate did here today."
"Virginians must look out for our neighbors," said Sen. David W. Marsden, Fairfax Democrat. "Twenty years ago, the majority of homicides in New York were committed with guns bought in Virginia. People would buy a bunch of guns in Virginia and take them to New York to sell."