Gov. Kaine didn't wait long
I just heard on the radio that Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has indicated that he can use an executive order to close "the loophole" that allowed the VT shooter to buy his guns.
I haven't heard any details about this but it sounds omminous. Kaine thinks he has the authority to change Virginia's gun laws without getting legislative approval.
Scary. I will post more if I can find out anything.
I actually posted this just to rant a little and calm myself down.
More political than tangible, I think
I believe the primary requirement regarding mental health and buying a gun from an FFL dealer is question number f. on the first page of ATF form #4473, which can be viewed on the ATF website. This question, for the buyer to answer, says:
"Have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective or have you been committed to a mental institution?"
The buyer checks yes or no in response to this. If he checks yes, the FFL dealer can't sell him a gun, and he would be turned away. If he checks no on this question and meets all the other requirements, the FFL will do a NICS check on the phone with the Federal database. I don't believe the NICS database contains mental health data, so the buyer would pass based on his own statement. And I would point out that you could be mentally ill but have avoided having a judge issue an order to that effect. Voluntary trips to the shrink would not qualify.
Perhaps Virginia has some additional state requirements that I don't know about. But I would be surprised if Virginia has a complete database of mental health data on all Virginia citizens. Perhaps this could be created, but at what cost and how long would it take? And it would probably not cover such records from other states or countries, where the Virginia resident may have lived in the past. So I am skeptical about how easily the governor could do anything useful with just an "executive order".
It sounds more like political grandstanding to me.
How About An Executive Order...
to allow CCW on each college campus?
This gets to the core of the problem...