Keeping guns out of the hands of criminals
August 8, 2012
The Washington Examiner reports, "Virginia has seen a spike in gun sales since abolishing a long-standing state law that limited buyers to one handgun a month. The state recorded slightly more than 29,000 firearm transactions in the month since the limit was lifted July 1... It's a 29 percent jump compared with July 2011, when 22,547 transactions were recorded. The recorded transactions reflect the number of times a registered gun dealer does a background check on a buyer, but more than one gun could have been purchased in any transaction."
Progressive Point: Violence prevention and public safety requires keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. Protecting our Second Amendment rights goes hand-in-hand with keeping guns away from dangerous people. It should be easier for law enforcement to share information about guns, track them, and fix the background check system that badly needs more accountability.
Responsible gun owning citizens are concerned about public safety and support common sense protections like background checks. It's lobbyists in Washington who are pushing extreme ideology and corporate profits over public safety. We all agree that no American should ever have to experience the tragic gun violence we've seen in Aurora and Wisconsin. It's time to make it harder for these horrible tragedies to happen again. Common sense solutions like keeping criminals from buying guns will save lives.
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