The Virginia Senate put off a vote Friday to lift the state’s one-per-month limit on handgun purchases.
The Senate postponed action to give two senators who were absent Friday the chance to vote on the bill. It is expected to come back for a final vote Monday.
That is not to say the gun lobby will get everything it wants from this General Assembly session, even with the GOP in control of the House, Senate and governor’s mansion. A Senate committee has killed two high-profile gun-rights proposals that would have done away with state background checks and prevented colleges from banning firearms on campus.
More than 40 bills related to guns are before the General Assembly this session, most of them meant to expand gun rights and a handful aimed at restricting them. Repealing the one-gun-a-month limit is among the most high-profile goals of Richmond’s gun lobby.
Pro-gun lawmakers have tried for years to eliminate the cap, imposed in 1993 under Democratic Gov. L. Douglas Wilder to curb the state’s notorious role in gun trafficking along the East Coast.
Bills to remove the limit have passed the Republican-dominated House before. But they always died in Senate committees and subcommittees at the hands of the Democrats and moderate Republicans who long controlled the upper chamber.