"You want people who are mentally adjudicated to be dangerous to have guns or you don't. If you don't want them to, then you ought to close that gun show loophole."
- Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine
The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (Ed Fund) is conducting an educational campaign to inform the public about how criminals are exploiting the "Gun Show Loophole" to obtain firearms in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Under Virginia law, Federal Firearms Licensees are required to perform criminal background checks on individuals purchasing firearms at gun shows. However, this law does not apply to private individuals who make "occasional" gun sales as a "hobby." These unlicensed sellers can sell firearms to anyone at a gun show without conducting a background check—cash and carry, no questions asked. We would like to see Virginia's legislators close this dangerous loophole for good.
The Ed Fund is also calling attention to proposals to allow individuals to carry concealed handguns into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, churches, courthouses, child day care centers, libraries, and other sensitive public places in the Commonwealth.