Monday, March 5, 2012

Too many guns

The governor of Virginia recently signed a bill that repeals the state's 19-year-old ban on purchasing more than one gun per month. Shame on him (he voted FOR the ban 19 years ago) and shame on the legislature, which had enough new conservative Republicans to pass the bill after years of stalling by Democrats and moderate Republicans.

There was no compelling reason to overturn the one-per-month cap. Gov. McDonnell and a majority of the legislature are pandering to gun advocates.

Here's the issue: who needs to buy more than one gun a month, month after month? You draw your own conclusion.

If somehow you need more than one gun in Virginia, you could buy one on the 30th of this month and another one on the 1st of next month.

And in case you were wondering: the ban wasn't airtight. In the years since it was imposed, exemptions had been approved to ease the restriction for law enforcement officials, people with concealed weapons permits and legitimate gun collectors.

Who else needs to buy more than one gun per month, month after month?

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