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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 02/25/2012

Va. Tech families to talk with Gov. McDonnell on one-gun-a-month repeal

Dave Hancock, gun store manager, helps customer Paul Pierucki, left, of Chesterfield, Va. choose a semi-automatic pistol at Bob Moates Sport Shop. (Ricky Carioti - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has agreed to hold a phone conference with families affected by the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting on Saturday, just days before he is expected to sign legislation repealing the state’s one-per-month limit on handgun purchases.

Representatives of the families, who oppose lifting the 19-year-old cap, hand-delivered a request to speak with the Republican governor about the bill.

The General Assembly has passed a bill to repeal the purchase limit, imposed at a time when Virginia was a notorious supplier to East Coast gun-runners.

Gun-rights groups say the legislation is no longer needed because buyers are subjected to criminal background checks, which was not the case when the limit was imposed. Opponents contend it will contribute to gun violence.

McDonnell, who voted for the cap as a delegate but vowed to lift it as a gubernatorial candidate, has said he would sign the bill. The deadline for doing so is Tuesday.

His spokesman, Tucker Martin, declined to comment on plans for the telephone conference.

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