Judge largely upholds Va.’s new background check law for gun purchases

A Virginia judge largely upheld a new state law that expands background checks to all gun purchases, following a challenge by gun rights groups that argued the requirement was unconstitutional.

Lynchburg Circuit Court Judge Patrick Yeatts ruled Tuesday that the act was “facially valid” and “facially constitutional,” but issued a narrow injunction blocking the law from applying to gun purchases made by 18- to 20-year-olds.

Yeatts found the law was unconstitutional for this subset of purchasers because federal law does not allow a federally licensed firearms dealer to sell handguns to or run a background check on someone under 21.

The new law, which went into effect on July 1, closed a loophole in Virginia law that allowed the private sales of firearms, including those made at gun shows, to take place without criminal background checks. Licensed dealers are required to perform such checks. FULL ARTICLE

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