Va. delegate proposes three-day waiting period law for gun purchases

Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 6:50 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 at 4:56 PM EST
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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WWBT) - A Virginia lawmaker is looking to create a three-day waiting period for any gun purchases.

WVEC reports that the proposal is coming from a delegate who represents Chesapeake - where six people were killed and four more hurt in a shooting inside a Walmart three months ago.

According to the Chesapeake Police Department, the Walmart gunman legally purchased the firearm the morning of the shooting - which is something Delegate Cliff Hayes says this bill could prevent.

Hayes referenced a study that found waiting period laws can reduce gun homicides by roughly 17 percent.

Nine other states, and Washington D.C., have waiting period laws in place for purchasing firearms.

Hayes says the bill is still waiting to be referred to a committee.