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Handgun Purchase Limit Repeal in Virginia Senate Friday

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    The Virginia Senate is set to vote Friday on a bill that says people can only buy one handgun per month. (Published Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012)

    The State Senate is set to vote Friday on a bill to repeal the law that says people can only buy one handgun per month.

    Retired Alexandria police Officer Ken Howard frequently visits a Lorton range to shoot and says the one handgun a month restriction can get in the way if a new firearm catches his eye.

    Steven Miller has a gun on layaway at the range because of the one handgun a month rule.

    The law has been on the books since it was pushed by Gov. Doug Wilder in 1993 at a time when Virginia guns kept turning up in the hands of East Coast criminals, but with a GOP General Assembly in session, an effort to repeal it has new momentum. The Virginia House of Delegates has already passed a bill and the Senate is on the verge of doing the same.

    Gun controls activists have been fighting to keep the rule. Omar Samaha -- whose sister was killed in the Virginia Tech massacre -- fears the Commonwealth will once again become the gun capitol of the South.

    But gun rights supporters dispute the claim that lifting one handgun a month will mean more guns in the hands of criminal.

    Gun control activists have had more success fighting a bill to allow professors to carry concealed weapons on campus. That bill has not made it out of committee.