Panel's Approval of Gun Show Bill Short-Lived

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia Senate committee that advanced legislation closing the so-called "gun show loophole" changed course about an hour later.

The Courts of Justice Committee voted 8-6 Friday to endorse a new version of the perennially unsuccessful measure. The panel later reconvened on the Senate floor, reconsidered and put off action until Monday.

Republican Sen. Bill Stanley of Franklin County asked for reconsideration. He voted for the bill after it was amended in committee but said he became concerned about vagueness after seeing the final product.

As amended, the bill would allow only federally licensed dealers to sell at gun shows. Licensed dealers are required to run criminal background checks on buyers, while individual sellers are not. The bill would allow individuals to put guns on consignment with licensed dealers.


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