Virginia Woman Pleads Guilty to Multiple Handgun Purchases

Woman bought 31 handguns in two weeks to resell

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    A Manassas woman pleaded guilty to violating federal firearms laws after buying 31 handguns over a two-week span at three Virginia gun shows.

    Kimberly Dinkins, 41, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Alexandria to dealing firearms without a license. She faces up to five years in prison.

    Court records show that Dinkins resold all of the guns for a profit.

    Federal law does not require a person to register as a firearms dealer for occasional private gun sales, but it does require a dealer's license if a person devotes significant time and energy to the sale of firearms with a primary goal of making a profit.

    A Virginia law limiting individuals to one handgun purchase per month was repealed last year.