RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- After 19 years, the one-handgun-a-month law that ended Virginia's reputation as the East Coast arsenal for criminals has passed quietly into history.
Now, rather than being limited to just one gun a month, buyers can walk out of a licensed Virginia gun shop with armloads, if they have the money and can pass an instant background check.
With conservatives fully controlling Virginia's House, Senate and governor's office, the single-handgun limit was repealed during this year's General Assembly session. It took effect at midnight Sunday.
Gun rights groups had targeted the law since its passage in 1994. The legislature has weakened the law by exempting holders of concealed handgun permits from the monthly limitation, and also loosened concealed-carry standards by eliminating almost all court discretion in issuing the permits.