Virginia used to restrict residents to buying one handgun per month. But not anymore, because a busy family needs a different gun every day of the week.
Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a bill Tuesday to overturn Virginia’s landmark one-handgun-a-month law, a restriction put on the books in the early 1990s when gun trafficking was seen as a problem along the East Coast. The governor’s action came days after he spoke by phone with some family members of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings, who on Tuesday expressed disappointment with the governor’s decision. “Governor McDonnell saw the wisdom of this law as a legislator. In our conversation with him on Saturday, he didn’t offer a single rational explanation for getting rid of it,” said Lori Haas, mother of Emily Haas, who was injured in the April 16, 2007, massacre, when student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 students and teachers. “When gun dealers can sell more guns without limits, they get the cold, hard cash and we get more dead bodies.”