Va. Senate panel's approval of gun show bill short-lived

Va. Senate panel's approval of gun show bill short-lived

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Various assault-style weapons on sale at the Nation's Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia on December 30, 2012

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Associated Press

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 7:20 AM

RICHMOND (AP) - A Virginia Senate committee that advanced legislation closing the so-called "gun show loophole" changed course about an hour later.

The Courts of Justice Committee voted 8-6 Friday to endorse a new version of the perennially unsuccessful measure. The panel later reconvened on the Senate floor, reconsidered and put off action until Monday.

Republican Sen. Bill Stanley of Pittsylvania County asked for reconsideration. He voted for the bill after it was amended in committee but said he became concerned about vagueness after seeing the final product.

As amended, the bill would allow only federally licensed dealers to sell at gun shows. Licensed dealers are required to run criminal background checks on buyers, while individual sellers are not. The bill would allow individuals to put guns on consignment with licensed dealers.

AP-WF-01-18-13 1750GMT

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