Gun Rights Group in Virginia Challenge the One Handgun A Month Law

An alliance of Second Amendment groups in Virginia have filed a suit challenging the one handgun a month purchase restriction. The groups filed the case in the circuit court in Goochland county seeking temporary and permanent injunctive relief as well as a petition for a writ of mandamus preventing Virginia State Police from enforcing the law.

The suit names Virginia State Police chief Colonel Gary Settle as a defendant. The alliance says the writers of the Second Amendment rights did not limit the number of times someone could exercise their rights. They also say the measure is too broad in tackling illegal firearms, limits the Second Amendment rights of Virginian’s, and is redundant.

The lawsuit says trying to limit handgun purchases is like trying to limit the number of abortions a woman could carry out in a decade or the number of bibles someone was allowed to buy. It adds that the state government has no proof that limiting handgun purchases reduces gun trafficking.

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The one handgun per month purchase limit legislation, SB 69, was among a slew of gun control laws the Democrats in Virginia chested into law despite a massive backlash from residents.

Almost all jurisdictions in the state declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries. The local authorities passed resolutions prohibiting the use of public resources in enforcing unconstitutional laws.

The one handgun a month rule had been in place in Virginia since 1993 before Gov. Bob McDonnell repealed it in 2012. Similarly, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Washington DC’s restriction was unconstitutional in 2015.

The repeal of the handgun purchase limitation helped reduce illegal firearms trafficking and straw purchases, an event that helped reduce the number of crimes in Virginia. The success of the measures shocked anti-gunners who had predicted a rise in crime.

Studies have proven that lifting the restrictions helped alleviate the problem the state is trying to solve, but Democrats would never accept scientific evidence unless it fitted their political agenda. By enacting the unnecessary restriction, they will encourage illegal purchases of handguns which cannot be accounted for, hence increased crimes.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.

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