Virginia gun show arrests increase in 2015

Virginia gun show arrests increase in 2015

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - More people than ever before were arrested last year for illegally attempting to buy firearms at gun shows in Virginia.

State Police troopers arrested 91 people last year at 75 gun shows, a 54 percent increase over 2014.

That's also the most since 71 people were arrested at gun shows in 2013.

Twenty-six of those arrests were for people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, while 25 arrests were for those convicted of felony offenses as an adult or juvenile.

Although the number of arrests increased, the percentage of people denied approval through background checks to buy firearms at Virginia gun shows d ropped from 35 percent in 2014 to 33 percent last year.

Existing law requires only federally licensed dealers to conduct background checks. State Police say they make up more than 90 percent of the dealers at these state gun shows.

Felony Conviction (Total): 25
Felony Conviction Adult: 14
Felony Conviction Juvenile: 11
Misdemeanor Domestic Violence: 26
Pending Felony Charge/Indictment: 6
Mental Health (18.2-308.1:3): 12
Misdemeanor Warrant of Arrest: 12
Protective/Restraining Order: 6
Felony Warrant of Arrest: 1
Illegal Alien: 1
NICS Denied Persons File (beginning 1998): 2

Felony Conviction Adult: 46
Felony Conviction Juvenile: 15
Misdemeanor Domestic Violence: 45
Pending Felony Charge/Indictment: 5
Federal Drug Addict: 47
Mental Health: 20
Misdemeanor Warrant of Arrest: 20
Protective/Restraining Order: 13
Felony Warrant of Arrest: 1
Federal Misdemeanor Disqualifier: 13
Purchaser ID Requirements Not Met: 18
Illegal Alien: 4
VA Misdemeanor Drug Conviction (Handguns Only): 10
NICS Denied Persons File (beginning 1998): 20
Other: 1

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