- The Washington Times - Monday, February 13, 2012

The Virginia Senate on Monday passed the House bill that repeals the state’s longstanding law limiting handgun purchases to one per month, sending the legislation to the desk of Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has said he would sign it.

Opponents of the law, put in place in 1993 to prevent gun-runners from shuttling firearms from Virginia to other states along the East Coast, say that the technology related to background checks and the numerous exemptions in the law has rendered it obsolete.

Proponents, however, argue that it will return the state back to the days where Virginia was known as the gun-running capital of the east coast.

“The decision to repeal one gun per month is nothing short of a dismal step backward,” said Michael Herring, commonwealth’s attorney for Richmond.

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