There is no “gun show loophole”.
LYNCHBURG, VA –-(Ammoland.com)- Tuesday, Judge Patrick Yeatts of the Lynchburg Circuit Court in Virginia struck down part of Virginia’s new universal background check law that went into effect on July 1st, 2020.
In a case brought by Gun Owners of America and Virginia Citizens Defense League, the gun-rights group argued that the new universal background check law was unconstitutional under the Virginia Constitution. The law requires background checks for all private firearms sales in the Commonwealth. The state argued that this new regulation closed the so-called “gun show loophole.”
Attorneys for GOA and VCDL argued that the law violated the state’s Constitution. Under Virginia law, 18 to 20-year-old residents are allowed to purchase handguns in private sales. Under federal law, firearm dealers are expressly prohibited from transferring handguns to anyone under the age of 21. Since the new law requires all transfer to go through a licensed dealer, it became impossible for anyone under 21 to acquire a handgun in Virginia.