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Judge denies temporary injunction to block one-handgun-per-month law in Virginia

Added 06-29-20 04:23:02pm EST - “A circuit court judge in Goochland County has blocked an attempt by gun rights groups to temporarily halt the implementation of a Virginia law that will limit a person's ability to purchase a handgun to one per month unless they meet…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Judge denies temporary injunction to block one-handgun-per-month law in Virginia”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A circuit court judge in Goochland County has blocked an attempt by gun rights groups to temporarily halt the implementation of a Virginia law that will limit a person’s ability to purchase a handgun to one per month unless they meet certain criteria.

Without ruling on whether the law is constitutional, Judge Timothy Sanner blocked the temporary injunction, which would have stopped the law from going into effect before the court made a ruling on its constitutionality. The court found Gun Owners of America, the Virginia Citizens Defense league and the other plaintiffs did not meet the burden of proof required for the injunction.

The decision means the law will go into effect Wednesday, but the court still will hear legal arguments about the bill before making a decision on whether it is constitutional.

“[This legislation] strikes a reasonable balance between the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms and the Commonwealth’s legitimate interest in stemming the flow of handguns that can cause violence, bloodshed, and heartbreak in communities across Virginia and the East Coast when they are illegally sold, trafficked, stolen, or otherwise put into the hands of dangerous individuals,” Attorney General Mark Herring argued in defending the merits of the law.

In a news release, the attorney general’s office said this type of legislation repeatedly has been ruled constitutional at the federal level.

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