GOOCHLAND, Va. (WRIC) — A judge has denied an effort from gun rights groups Thursday to block Virginia’s new one-handgun-a-month law, which passed during this year’s General Assembly session when gun control measures became the focus of the Democratic-led legislature.
A lawsuit was filed in Goochland Circuit Court nearly two weeks ago challenging the new law, which goes into effect July 1.
Pro-gun groups, including the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners Foundation, requested an injunction June 12 claiming the one-gun-a-month law violates the state’s constitution.
In April, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) signed multiple bills aimed at putting additional restrictions on gun purchases that were passed during the 2020 session. Legislation signed by Northam included those requiring background checks on all firearm sales, establishing a red flag law in Virginia and reinstating the state’s one-handgun-a-month policy.
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