Va. Gun Sales Reach Apparent Record in 2012 - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Va. Gun Sales Reach Apparent Record in 2012

Posted:
(Photo: AP) (Photo: AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Virginia gun sales surged to an apparent record high in 2012.

State police statistics on gun buyers' mandatory criminal-background checks showed that there were 432,387 gun transactions last year. That's a 35 percent jump from 2011 and the largest year-to-year increase in 20 years.

Those in the industry say the spike was fueled in part by the summer repeal of the state's one-handgun-per-month law and fears of increased gun restrictions after December's school shooting in Connecticut. Transactions in December rose 79 percent over the same month in 2011.

Not all checks represent the sale of a gun, as some customers buy multiple firearms and other checks involve people reclaiming firearms that had been pawned. Exact sales figures aren't recorded in Virginia.

 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • DelDOT Proposes to Realign Old Orchard Road in Lewes

    DelDOT Proposes to Realign Old Orchard Road in Lewes

    Feb 21, 2018 7:10 PM2018-02-22 00:10:00 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:10 PM EST2018-02-22 00:10:15 GMT
    LEWES, Del.- A new DelDOT project aims to address an area that's had over 100 crashes in the past ten years. According to new design plans, DelDOT wants to realign Old Orchard Road to create a new, four-way intersection at the existing light at Savannah aMore
    LEWES, Del.- A new DelDOT project aims to address an area that's had over 100 crashes in the past ten years. According to new design plans, DelDOT wants to realign Old Orchard Road to create a new, four-way intersection at the existing light at Savannah aMore
  • DelDOT Has Long-Term Plans for Cashless Tolls

    DelDOT Has Long-Term Plans for Cashless Tolls

    Feb 21, 2018 6:49 PM2018-02-21 23:49:00 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:56 PM EST2018-02-21 23:56:11 GMT
    DOVER, Del. --- Drivers may one day be able to leave their cash and coins for tolls in Delaware at home because DelDOT plans to exclusively use electronic tolling in several years. C.R. McLeod, a DelDOT spokesman, said a pilot program on the new U.S. RoutMore
    DOVER, Del. --- Drivers may one day be able to leave their cash and coins for tolls in Delaware at home because DelDOT plans to exclusively use electronic tolling in several years. C.R. McLeod, a DelDOT spokesman, said a pilot program on the new U.S. RoutMore
  • Lewes Lightship Being Restored in New Jersey

    Lewes Lightship Being Restored in New Jersey

    Feb 21, 2018 6:54 PM2018-02-21 23:54:00 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:54 PM EST2018-02-21 23:54:54 GMT
    DORCHESTER, N.J.- A piece of Lewes history is missing. But when she's back, she'll be better than ever. The Lightship Overfalls is currently across the bay in New Jersey, receiving a restoration likened to cosmetic surgery. "It’s kind of like a spa More
    DORCHESTER, N.J.- A piece of Lewes history is missing. But when she's back, she'll be better than ever. The Lightship Overfalls is currently across the bay in New Jersey, receiving a restoration likened to cosmetic surgery. "It’s kind of like a spa More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Dover Police Announce Death of Officer

    Dover Police Announce Death of Officer

    The Dover Police Department says one of their own passed away yesterday. Corporal Thomas Hannon's death was a result of medical complications brought on after sustaining a leg injury in the line of duty in 2012.

    More

    The Dover Police Department says one of their own passed away yesterday. Corporal Thomas Hannon's death was a result of medical complications brought on after sustaining a leg injury in the line of duty in 2012.

    More
  • New Waterfront Hotel Breaks Ground in O.C., Part 2

    New Waterfront Hotel Breaks Ground in O.C., Part 2

    The location of a new waterfront hotel that recently broke ground in Ocean City is raising some eyebrows with neighbors in the downtown area.

    The Cambria Hotel is being built in the vacant lot that sits just north of the Route 50 drawbridge, meaning it will be one of the first things drivers see headed into town.

    Brian Plimack, who lives just behind the development, said the hotel is too much of a drastic change to the town's skyline.

    More

    The location of a new waterfront hotel that recently broke ground in Ocean City is raising some eyebrows with neighbors in the downtown area.

    The Cambria Hotel is being built in the vacant lot that sits just north of the Route 50 drawbridge, meaning it will be one of the first things drivers see headed into town.

    Brian Plimack, who lives just behind the development, said the hotel is too much of a drastic change to the town's skyline.

    More
  • Eleven Arrested in Georgetown Drug Bust

    Eleven Arrested in Georgetown Drug Bust

    Dover Police and Georgetown Police cooperated in a drug investigation that finished with the arrest of 11 people. Police say the bust started with the search of a building at the Dunbarton apartments in Georgetown on January 31. 

    More

    Dover Police and Georgetown Police cooperated in a drug investigation that finished with the arrest of 11 people. Police say the bust started with the search of a building at the Dunbarton apartments in Georgetown on January 31. 

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices