Shot down [January 24]

Shot down [January 24]

Survivors of last year’s shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech have been dealt a blow in their effort to close the gun show loophole. The Washington Post reports this morning that a Virginia Senate bill, which would have required background checks for buyers at gun shows in the state, and that was championed by some survivors and other gun control advocates, was defeated yesterday in committee. The Post quotes Gordon Hickey, a spokesman for Governor Tim Kaine, who had made the bill a priority, as saying, “This vote indicates that some believe a felon should be able to buy a gun at a gun show.” 

Senator Creigh Deeds, who generally opposes gun restrictions, voted for the bill as a response to the Virginia Tech tragedy, but too many other senators like Deeds stuck to their guns.

Previous "This Just In" articles from this week:

Jones named new assistant city manager [January 23]
Will return to work for Charlottesville after beating out over 150 applicants

UVA ties for first-place in black student enrollment [January 23]
Dean of admissions expects numbers to grow

Baseball bat bill strikes out [January 22]
Proposed aluminum ban will step to the plate again next year after more research

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