Fairfax, VA – Today the Virginia State Senate voted down a bill for the second time in two days that would have imposed sweeping restrictions on Second Amendment rights at gun shows by an 19-21 vote. The National Rifle Association strongly opposed this bill.
“This is a victory for law abiding gun owners in Virginia. This bill would have given gun ban advocates a platform to call for future bans on all private firearm sales,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. “Eradicating community gun shows has been a top priority for the gun control lobby and we are grateful that this scheme was rejected in Virginia.”
Senate Bill 1257 would have required that all firearms transactions taking place at gun shows be subjected to background checks – even those occurring between family and friends. Any violations would have been considered a felony.
Gun show promoters would have been mandated to register anyone selling a firearm at a gun show as a ‘vendor,’ including private citizens, and transmit that information to law enforcement who would maintain that public registry for four years.
“Because of the grassroots efforts of NRA members in Virginia and the steadfast support by a bi-partisan majority of state senators, gun owners are victors today,” concluded Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist.
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military.