Well Jason, I spoke to soon. Today the city of Richmond announced it was looking into joining the other cities in the handgun lawsuits. Richmond has long had a serious problem in the city, and until this year ranked up there with Detroit and New Orleans in per capita murders. New and tough rules and penalties have cut the murder rate by about 30% in one year. Unfortunately, it seems Baltimore has picked up the slack.
Virginia was a gun oversupplier until recently. No limits on quantities. Now, it is one handgun per month and a lot of forms and ID are required for the on site background check. Before the new laws, it seemed we were inviting felons and out of staters to stock up here, and the manufacturers simply supplied the market. I'm not for gun control, but one a month seems reasonable, and dealers and legitimate collectors can still purchase all they want.
Other factors have driven the decrease in murders: new no parole laws, mandatory 5 year sentences for possessing and using an illegal firearm, lots of big new nasty prisons for serious offenders. Our last governor was really tough on crime. However, under him (George Allen), Virginia instituted a 'right to carry' law which enables good guys like me to get a permit. Now, in addition to tougher laws, the street toughs also fear that almost everyone is 'carrying' - and that IS their biggest fear!