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State Sen. Adam Ebbin Makes Undercover Gun Sale Video

After introducing gun safety legislation, Ebbin hopes to prove a point by purchasing a 30-round extended clip without background check.

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) and Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th) have introduced a package of gun safety legislation to require universal background checks on prospective firearms purchasers (SB 1232 / HB 2025), close the gun show loophole and tighten restrictions on the sale of weapons to the mentally ill (SB1109 / HB 2221).

To drive home their point, the two Northern Virginia lawmakers purchased guns from a private seller at a gun show without a background check and made videos of the transactions.

At a news conference Tuesday in Richmond, Ebbin displayed a 30-round ammunition magazine he purchased for $20.

"Buying a 30-round magazine should not be as easy as buying a candy bar,” he said in a news release.

He noted a 30-round magazine was used in the recent Newtown, Conn. tragedy that left 26 dead.

"We easily purchased a handgun at a Virginia gun show, without undergoing a background check," Ebbin and Hope wrote in a joint statement. "Sadly, nearly 40 percent of all gun sales are conducted without a background check. In the interest of community safety, it's not too much to ask for responsible gun purchasers to undergo a background check to screen for criminal history or history of serious mental illness."

SB 1109 and HB 2221 would make it a Class 6 felony to sell firearms to persons found mentally incapacitated or who have been involuntarily admitted.  

Ebbin also introduced legislation to require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms (SB 965) and to outlaw firearms in legislative buildings (SB 1012). 

Citing the need to pass SB 965, Ebbin said, “When a gun is stolen, a deadly weapon is in criminal hands—a combination we all want to avoid. Reporting lost or stolen guns can help police avert a tragedy.”

Hope and Ebbin called on Virginians to contact their legislators in support of the gun safety legislation.

Derek Zeller January 18, 2013 at 01:21 PM
ABC says other wise about this. Not an agreement with the law just a fact: Pete Williams, who is NBC’s chief Justice correspondent, reported the following in the video posted above: This continues to be a very complex investigation and there is a lot of contradictory information out there, but we have some new information this morning (one month ago) from a couple of federal officials and state officials. They say now that there were actuallyfour handguns inside the school, not just two as we were initially told. Four handguns and apparently onlyhandguns that were taken into the school. We knew that Adam Lanza, the man said to be the gunman here, also had an ‘assault-style’ AR-15 -style rifle that he had had taken to the school, it was in the car he drove there, his mother’s car, but we have been told by several officials that he had left that in the car.
NoBS January 18, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Per NY Times and confirmed by multiple trustworthy news reports: "In Newtown, in addition to the Bushmaster M-4 carbine, two handguns were found at the scene, a 10-millimeter Glock and a 9-millimeter Sig Sauer, although the rifle is what Mr. Lanza used, pumping up to 11 bullets into each victim’s body, according to the medical examiner. All three guns belonged to his mother, officials said."
Sherrie Good January 18, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I am really glad State Sen. Adam Ebbin took the time to make this video. Gun sales like this are rampant. Hopefully this video will help bring awareness to the problem.
edfrasbinder January 20, 2013 at 12:29 AM
This is truly amazing...Mort Sherman has agreed to donate a year's salary (over $250K) to the foundation he has set up. Additionally he has offered to void the multimillion dollar contract with Success for All if all investigations vis a vis the conflict of interests are dropped...THIS IS HUGE!!
NoBS January 20, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Edfrasbinder, I think you posted on the wrong story. In any event, do you have a citation for this Mort Sherman news?

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