Virginia lawmakers have handily approved a flurry of bills to make it easier to buy and carry guns.
About 20 gun-related bills passed Tuesday on the constitutional deadline for each chamber to pass its own legislative proposals. Now the bills must be approved by the opposite body.
Bills approved Tuesday would repeal Virginia's ban on buying more than one gun a month, allow guns to be taken into bars, emergency shelters and locked in cars, and make it easier to get a concealed handgun permit.
Many legislators said they can't remember a year in which more bills were introduced to relax the state's gun laws. They attribute it to having a Republican governor after two, four-year Democratic terms.
Opponents attribute it to the almost $1 million the National Rifle Association spent on elections last year.