Virginia Tech Gun Law Debate

Families of the Virginia Tech shooting victims are urging lawmakers…

Families of the Virginia Tech shooting victims are urging lawmakers to strengthen Virginia’s gun laws.  The legislation would require unlicensed sellers at gun shows to run criminal background checks on buyers. The checks are currently only required of federally licensed gun dealers.

They faced off against gun-rights advocates in Richmond Monday over a bill that would prevent criminals and the mentally ill from buying firearms at gun shows.

About 100 supporters of the measure lay on the Capitol lawn to honor the victims of gun violence. About 200 opponents stood nearby.

One gun-rights supporter approached a Virginia Tech shooting survivor, saying students could’ve stopped the massacre if they’d been allowed to carry guns on campus.

The legislation would require unlicensed sellers at gun shows to run criminal background checks on buyers. The checks are currently only required of federally licensed gun dealers.

Gun-rights advocates say the bill would burden law-abiding citizens and gun show promoters.

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  • Shane Butler

    You should not punish God fearing, law abiding citizens because of those who wish to do others harm. Stricter gun laws are not going to stop criminals from doing what they do. If someone wants a gun bad enough they will find a way to get one. And I agree that the situation could have been resolved a lot quicker with less loss of life if the students were allowed to carry concealed weapons. Many colleges and universities across the nation are “gun-free zones”. That only matters to the law abiding people on those campuses. Criminals have no respect for the law, thats why they are criminals.