Senate Tightens Gun Shows

Jan 19, 2013 -- 7:31am

(Metro) The Virginia Senate has legislation in the works to ensure that all buyers at gun shows are subjected to criminal background checks. 

The Courts of Justice voted 8-6, endorsing a new version of the once unsuccessful attempt to close the alleged "gun show loophole." 

Under current law, only federally licensed dealers are required to run background checks at gun shows. There is no requirement for individual sellers. 

The new version says only licensed dealers can sell at gun shows. Individuals could place guns on delivery with licensed dealers. 

The measure now goes to the Finance Committee to consider the cost of additional background checks.


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