RICHMOND, Va. -- The number of arrests arising from attempts to illegally buy firearms at Virginia gun shows is on track to far surpass last year's total.
According to the Richmond Times Dispatch (http://bit.ly/17yXxyP ), state police are reporting 39 arrests at gun shows for the first six months of this year. The total for all of last year was 47.
The number of people charged this year represents only 0.15 percent of the 24,870 firearms transactions at 36 gun shows through June 30. The 39 people arrested were among 145 who were denied permission to buy a gun.
State police declined to speculate on why the arrest rate is climbing, but said the department has not changed its enforcement efforts.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com
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