The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 11 to 3, rejecting the legislation to close the gun show loophole. Under current law, only licensed dealers are required to obtain background checks on buyers at gun shows.
Proposals to extend that requirement to private sellers have been rejected several years in a row in the General Assembly. The Senate Courts Committee rejected such a bill last month, but Roanoke Sen. John Edwards, a Democrat, introduced a new bill last week.
This one would have required the Virginia State Police to be available at gun shows to conduct the checks if a private seller wants one. The attempted compromise between gun-rights supporters and gun-control advocates on the committee were unsuccessful.