More Arrests Of People Turned Away At Gun Shows

More Arrests Of People Turned Away At Gun Shows


There has been an increase in the number of people who were arrested after being denied permission to buy firearms at Virginia gun shows.  In 2011, 10.6 % of the people denied permission to buy firearms were arrested on related charges. The figure grew to 12.4 % in 2012. That’s a 27% spike in one year.  VCU criminologist Thomas Baker calls the recent trend a positive sign. Baker does note potential buyers who fail a background check at a gun show can still buy from private sellers. A federal law requires only licensed dealers to run a background check.


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