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Lt. Gov. Northam calls for reinstatement of 'one gun a month' policy

"It's never really going to hurt the criminals because criminals don't come into the store to buy guns," said Wood.
"It's never really going to hurt the criminals because criminals don't come into the store to buy guns," said Wood.(WHSV)
Published: Mar. 20, 2017 at 4:49 PM EDT
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Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam is calling for the resinstatment of Virginia's 'one gun a month' policy, which prohibits the purchase of more than one gun per person in any 30-day period.

The one gun per month law was put into effect back in 1993 to reduce Virginia's status as a source for gun trafficking.

It was

by former Governor Bob McDonnell.

Jim Wood, firearms instructor at Nuckols Gun Works, said this policy would be bad for business because it would limit those who collect firearms and participate in shooting sports.

"If one becomes available, that's when you buy it. And it just so happens that maybe you bought one yesterday," said Wood. "Collecting is all about the opportunity."

Wood understands this policy is meant to keep guns from ending up in the wrong hands, but he doesn't feel this is the best way to do that.

"It's never really going to hurt the criminals because criminals don't come into the store to buy guns," said Wood.

Virginia's Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor, however, disagree, especially after a recent gun trafficking ring busted in New York was

.

“Virginia had it right the first time we put ‘one gun a month’ in place over twenty years ago," Northam said. "I voted against its repeal in 2012 because I knew it would roll out the welcome mat to weapons traffickers. Once again, we find ourselves to be the source of an ‘iron pipeline’ of weapons that spreads to other states and across our Commonwealth. We are long overdue for a return to this common sense standard of limiting gun purchases to one a month and ensuring weapons remain only in the hands of law-abiding Virginians.”

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