After all: Wilder's one-handgun-a-month ban may survive
It was part of L. Douglas Wilder's campaign platform, but two weeks ago it appeared that the former governor's 17-year-old ban on buying more than one handgun a month seemed headed for repeal. Wilder had always described the ban as a commonsense way to end Virginia's dubious reputation as the weak link in the interstate effort to keep handguns out of the hands of thugs. And Delegate David Toscano seemed to agree. But in a 61-37-1 repeal vote, the House of Delegates–- including Charlottesville-area Delegate Rob Bell–- moved the other way. The Washington Post inveighed against potential "mayhem," and along with a measure to allow guns in bars, Virginia was getting some national attention for such controversial measures. But in the Senate, according to a Post political blogger, the bill undoing the gun-a-month law now appears doomed to die in a special subcommittee.