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Gun groups challenging the constitutionality of new one-handgun-a-month law

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 14:57:34-04

RICHMOND, Va. – A lawsuit filed in Goochland County Court Friday is challenging the constitutionality of the newly reinstated one-handgun-a-month law.

The lawsuit was filed by Gun Owners of America, Inc. (GOA), Gun Owners Foundation, Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), Brothers N Arms, Inc., and citizen Valerie Trojan.

The gun groups say the new law violates Virginians' right to “keep and bear arms.”

The one-handgun-a-month law was one of several gun bills that passed the Democratic-controlled General Assembly this winter.

“Both this law and the other gun violence prevention measures that were passed during this year’s legislative session are constitutional and Attorney General Herring is prepared to go to court to defend their constitutionality,” said a spokesperson for the Office of the Attorney General.

A one-handgun-a-month law was first implemented in Virginia in 1993, before being repealed in 2012.

The new one-handgun-a-month law is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2020.

A hearing for the lawsuit is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 25.