What do gun and travel bans have in common?
A. Barton Hinkle writes:
This is just a wild guess, but the folks at the National Rifle Association and the folks at the Council on American-Islamic Relations probably don’t sit around thinking about ways they can collaborate for the good of their mutual interests. Maybe they should.
Last week law-enforcement officials charged almost two dozen Virginians who allegedly took part in a gun-running ring. The accused bought boatloads of firearms in Virginia and sold them in New York City for exorbitant sums. The tough gun-control laws in New York have made gun-running very profitable, and the repeal of Virginia’s one-gun-a-month law four years ago has made it very easy.
Naturally, this has inspired gun-control advocates to suggest the law should be reinstated. The General Assembly passed the law largely to dry up the “iron pipeline” between Virginia and New York, and while it was in effect it seemed to work as intended, at least in the early years. With the law repealed, gun-runners seem to have gotten back into business, and one was recorded making light of Virginia’s ostensibly lax gun laws: “There’s no limit to how many guns I can go buy from the store,” Antwan Walker said. “In Virginia, our laws are so little, I can give guns away.”