To Keep and Bear (and Buy) Arms
Both the 9mm Glock and the Walther P22 handguns that Seung Hui Cho used last week were purchased legally in Virginia. In the majority of states, all you need to purchase a handgun is valid government-issued identification and the absence of a criminal record, as verified by the Brady Handgun Control Act’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system. Some states perform their own background checks in addition to what’s mandated by federal law. Below, a look at regulations on handgun sales across the region, and in some of the least restrictive states.