The Lorton Perspective: Lifting Virginia's One-Gun-Per Month Buying Cap
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The Virginia State Senate is expected to lift the one-gun-per-month cap on handguns private citizens can buy monthly.
“Now that we have background checks that we didn’t have [in 1993], one gun a month has outlived its purpose,” said bill sponsor Sen. Charles W. Carrico (R-Grayson) to the Washington Post.
Patch asked Lorton residents what they thought about the issue:
Lorton's Bill Stepp was at Caribou Coffee.
"To me, this seems like an underhanded way to perpetuate the sale of weapons in Virginia, and then many of those weapons are sold on the black market in other states. It just gives you an idea of how ambiguous these laws are. It all boils down to the NRA [National Rifle Association] and what it can do for its members."
Alvaro Bustillos is going to officer training at Ft. Benning, GA this summer. He was at Caribou Coffee with his girlfriend when he spoke with Patch.
"I think it's a good idea. it's not like they're selling bazookas. If you're a law abiding citizen it shouldn't be a problem to buy legal guns. If you're a criminal you're not going to follow the law anyway. So, gun laws are generally restrictive to law abiding citizens."
Lawrence Reese owns The Sub Shop, 9504 Richmond Hwy
"The Commonwealth is no different from any other municipality when it comes down to violence. At this rate the Commonwealth has been somewhat reasonable with gun laws during a recession - there's a whole bunch of reasons these days why people want to buy handguns. But because of current laws the crime is controllable. Control is always good. Out of control is trouble."
Michael Deleo was at the Great Harvest Bread Co.
"It's ridiculous. How many guns do you need? I guess the gun lobby is really contributing to a lot of campaigns. This is what they want. It's unbelievable."
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