Several VT families ask to meet with governor about gun legislation

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Several people impacted by the mass shooting on Virginia Tech's campus hope they might be able to sway the governor on gun-related legislation headed toward his desk.

We're talking about the repeal of "one-gun-a-month" and the governor has already promised he'd sign into law.

Andrew Goddard is the father of a man shot multiple times at Virginia Tech in 2007.

"I spent time at my son's bedside as he was recovering," said Goddard. "And it brought to my attention how there were so many loopholes in the laws and weaknesses in the laws that protect people against gun violence."

It's why Goddard says he joined victims and their families in a letter, requesting Governor Bob McDonnell meet with them before he signs a bill lifting the limit on the number of guns a person can buy in Virginia each month.

"We've gone through something. We know what happens when the wrong kind of person- just one person gets their hand on two guns."

Those who support the repeal say background checks make the legislation unnecessary. The governor already promised to sign the bill, but his office had this to say about the request: "The governor received the letter from the Virginia Tech families this morning. We are working on scheduling a conversation between the governor and the families."

No word yet on when the Governor plans to meet with the families. If the bill is signed by the governor, which he has promised to do, the new rules will officially go into affect July 1st.

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