The Virginia House of Delegates is expected Wednesday to approve repealing the state’s one handgun a month law with the state Senate likely to follow suit Thursday.
After significant debate Tuesday, House Bill 940, sponsored by Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Prince William, advanced on a voice vote to its final reading.
Lingamfelter said the law, passed in 1993 under then-Gov. L. Douglas Wilder to stifle the flow of handguns from Virginia to the Northeast, has over the years become obsolete through various exemption granted by the state.
With instant background checks and federal laws prohibiting the transfer of guns across state lines, he said the law is no longer necessary and merely hurts gun collectors.