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Thursday, January 27, 2005
On this day:

What Media Bias? WP on Va. Gun Shows

The WP shows its true colors, again:

Senate Refuses to Expand Gun Show Checks

By Michael D. Shear
Thursday, January 27, 2005; Page B04

The Virginia Senate rejected a bill yesterday that proponents said would have closed a loophole in state laws regarding the sale of firearms at gun shows.

Under current law, only licensed dealers are required to perform criminal background checks on potential patrons before selling a firearm at gun shows. Smaller, unlicensed sellers, who have a significant presence at such shows, are not required to do so.

The bill, SB 807, would have changed that, but it failed ...

"Refuses"..."rejected"..."loophole"..."failed"... Isn't the tone quite apparent?

The WP would not want to appear blatantly bias, so it does include remarks by Sen. Cuccinelli, though they are buried in the article:
Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax) countered that the change would not affect crime rates because few guns bought at gun shows are used in crimes. He said, too, that it would be hard to enforce and would create long lines at shows, as buyers queue up for criminal checks. "You shut down a portion of this trade and of this business. That's what you're doing. You'll shut it down, overwhelmingly," he said.