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July 1 Marks Vast Improvements <br> For Virginia Gun Laws

Thursday, July 1, 2004

FAIRFAX, VA -- Virginia Right-to-Carry permit holders are no longer subject to the state’s one-gun-a-month restriction, thanks to a law effective July 1. Fifteen additional pro-gun laws go on the books helping to improve the Second Amendment rights of Virginians. All new statutes -- supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) -- were passed by the Virginia General Assembly and signed by Governor Mark Warner.

"This has been a landmark year for the Second Amendment in the Commonwealth of Virginia," said Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist. "Today Virginia’s law-abiding gun owners have more rights after strong support from the Virginia General Assembly, Governor Warner and citizens across the state."

One positive change to Virginia statute excludes holders of valid Right-to-Carry permits from the limitation of buying only one handgun a month. The law, originally sponsored by Delegate Bill Janis (HB 404), also exempts purchases made by collectors for the purposes of improving their collection.

Other measures, sponsored respectively by Delegate Bob McDonnell and Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (HB 1144 and HB 1302), make needed improvements to the laws governing firearm purchases by removing unnecessary restrictions on residents of the Commonwealth. Four additional statutes strengthen preemption laws and eliminate onerous local firearm ordinances. And, Virginia broadly expanded the number of states whose Right-to-Carry permits it will recognize.

"Not only did 16 pro-gun bills become law, but numerous anti-gun proposals were soundly defeated this legislative session," added Cox. "NRA commends Virginia for taking a giant step forward in protecting our Second Amendment freedom."

Please visit http://nraila.com/CurrentLegislation/Read.aspx?ID=1068-L for a complete list of Virginia’s new firearm laws.

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