[Re-posted from a VA-ALERT with prior approval of VCDL]

[First person singular pronouns (I, my, mine, etc) and “PVC” reference Philip Van Cleave, President VCDL]

As many of you are painfully aware, background checks for gun purchases have been anything but instant for the last several years. Many people have been delayed DAYS and even WEEKS! The situation had continued to deteriorate throughout 2011.

VCDL had a bill put in by Senator Black to allow dealers to use the free federal National Instant Check System for long guns to take the load off the State Police. Other bills were put it with similar intent and VCDL backed those bills as well.

The General Assembly decided to carry those bills over until next year and to allocate more money to the State Police solely for firearm background checks. In essence the State Police were given one year to get their act together so that "instant checks" are once more "instant." If not, those carried over bills would come back and the State Police would be taken out of the picture.

To fix the broken Instant Check System, a block of money has been allocated for the State Police in the budgets proposed by both the House and the Senate. The problem is that the House version has only allocated half of what the Senate has allocated. This is probably a mistake on the part of the House, but whether it is or not, we need the Senate budget amount to be the one that makes it.

To that end, VCDL needs you to send an email to your Senate and to your Delegate, urging them to support the Senate version of the budged for the State Police Firearms Transaction Center (FTC).

To send a pre-written email to your Delegate, click here:

VCDL's "Write Your Legislators" Tool

To send a pre-written email to your Senator, click here:

VCDL's "Write Your Legislators" Tool

VA-ALERT is a project of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL).

VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

VCDL web page: http://www.vcdl.org [http://www.vcdl.org/]

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DaveH here w/ some background:

Why a bill to use the free federal National Instant Check System for only long guns? Why not all gun buys?

Ostensibly (and by law) the National Instant Check System and purchase data base can't be searched individual in a way to link actual purchases made by individuals. Legally they can only see if you are "OK to buy" and to track a purchase of a specific firearm by serial number back to known buyer(s) from FFLs -- not check you to see what you bought and when. [And, yes, I know of a bridge that's for sale and some ocean front property in Arizona that a bargain buy, also. ]

So, as Virginia's OGAM applies to handgun only, the VSP system is used / "needed" to block "illegal" handgun buys. But as there is absolutely no "need" for it on Long gun buys -- as it is totally redundant.

If the Governor sign the end on the OGAM bill into law [ See: Both Houses have passed repeal of Virginia's OGAM law ], even the, so called, "need" for it on handguns will disappear and a bill to quit wasting our tax $'s (and get rid of the de facto waiting period and the de facto registration database) will be passed and sighed into law, next year.