Gun Sales up in Va. after Buying Limit Repealed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gun sales are up in Virginia following the repeal of the state's one-handgun-a-month law.

The Virginia Firearms Transaction Center says firearm transactions rose by 17 percent in July compared to June. The limit was lifted July 1.

Firearm transactions in July totaled about 29,000, up 29 percent from July 2011.

The recorded transactions don't reflect the actual number of guns sold. They are only the number of times a registered dealer conducts a background check on a buyer. Guns sold privately without a background check aren't included in the total.

NOVA Firearms owner Dennis Pratte tells The Washington Examiner ( ) that his business' multiple handgun sales have risen 20 percent to 30 percent since the limit was lifted. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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