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Topic - Philip Van Cleave
The federal government is moving to crack down on what it says is a burgeoning scam where people who are not allowed to own firearms under their own name create a trust or corporation, and then legally have the gun transferred to that trust.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York is running out of ammunition in his campaign for gun control. The public has moved on.
The last time either chamber of Congress took on gun control was in 2004, when the Senate considered a pro-gun bill, ended up adding three major gun control measures — then killed it, saying the whole thing had become too messy.
A long-standing prohibition on openly carrying guns in Virginia state parks is set to officially end Monday, a victory for gun rights advocates after a protracted political battle that spanned four administrations.
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.
Emboldened by a new Republican majority in Richmond, some 200 people rallied on Capitol Square Monday to push gun-friendly legislation, hours before a crowd occupied the same space to commemorate victims of gun violence.
Thursday's point-blank slaying of a Virginia Tech campus policeman is sure to renew the gun control battle in all its fury before the General Assembly next month.
Two lawmakers said they'll push for tougher gun controls, including stricter limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines.
"So then you're screwed, unless you've got something like a trust," said Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
"Where is the problem in what we have now?" he said. "We see it as just more ... unnecessary changes when there's no problem — trying to fix something that's not broken."