Jun 25, 2020 | Vernon Freeman Jr. GOOCHLAND, Va. -- A Goochland Circuit Court judge denied a challenge from gun rights groups Thursday to block the one-handgun-a-month law from going into effect on July 1.
The group challenged the constitutionality of the newly reinstated law arguing it violates Virginians' right to “keep and bear arms.”
Judge Timothy K. Sanner found that the gun lobby was unlikely to succeed in convincing the court that the law was unconstitutional.
The lawsuit was filed by Gun Owners of America, Inc. (GOA), Gun Owners Foundation, Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), Brothers N Arms, Inc., and citizen Valerie Trojan.
“I am really pleased that the judge agreed with me today and rejected the gun lobby’s attempt to block the one-handgun-a-month law. Currently, Virginia is one of the easiest states in the country for gun traffickers to purchase large numbers of firearms to resell on the street, and we can’t allow that to continue,” said Attorney General Herring. “Virginia had a one-handgun-a-month law in effect for nearly twenty years that was extremely successful in keeping firearms out of our communities and out of the hands of dangerous individuals.
A one-handgun-a-month law was first implemented in Virginia in 1993, before being repealed in 2012.
The new law was one of several gun bills that passed the Democratic-controlled General Assembly this winter.
The new one-handgun-a-month law is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2020.