Gun show attendees in Virginia are now living with new restrictions announced earlier in the summer — and they don’t it. And to be sure, there is very little too like.
On July 1, 2020 some of the gun laws changed in Virginia targeting gun shows, the sale of firearms, and other restrictions to boot.
Gun owners in Virginia may now only purchase one handgun per month. Obviously, there is no constitutional basis for this at all. Pro-Second Amendment advocacy have already filed lawsuits, but cases have been held up in the court system.
Unfortunately, gun owners in Virginia have to live with this arbitrary laws — for now. Let’s take a deeper look at what they’re dealing with.
Gun Show Crackdowns
One of the legislation’s mandates is universal background at gun shows. This requires that law enforcement be present to check the background of anyone buying a gun at the show before they can leave with that weapon.
This is a complicated process for the promoters at such events. In order to secure a police presence, they must request local law enforcement well in advance of the show. They also have to make sure that they have a large booth area for the police officers to provide these background checks.
There must be signs at the gun show placed around the area that declare these new laws to the attendees so that everyone is informed of the changes.
These background checks at local gun shows are definitely going to take longer than instant background checks. Virginians attending these shows can expect to wait one to two hours, and maybe even a couple of days before receiving the guns they just purchased.
The first gun show with these new restrictions took place in Richmond during the last weekend in August. It was the first gun show to occur in the state since the Covid-19 pandemic began in March, effectively canceling an entire season of summer gun shows. They saw a record demand for people attending the event with many purchasing firearms there. Many booths ran out of guns and ammo quite early on.
Even More Restrictions
The rest of the restrictions ban certain people from having a firearm. Those with a protection order against them must turn over their guns within a certain time period.
People who lose a firearm must report it within 48 hours time to local law enforcement.
There are additional restrictions against people having firearms around children, and for those that are “deemed a danger to themselves or others” — whatever that means.
Restrictions. Restrictions. Restrictions. While some of these restrictions are aimed at keeping people safe, others just plain violate people’s Second Amendment rights and are just bad news for gun owners there in Virginia.