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Lynchburg judge upholds much of new gun background check law

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Posted at 5:10 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 17:10:32-04

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A Lynchburg judge has upheld much of a new state law that expands background checks for gun buyers but issued an injunction preventing it from being enforced on buyers between 18 to 20 years old.

Attorney General Mark Herring's office said Tuesday he intends to appeal the injunction.

The law was one of seven gun control measures passed by the new Democratic majority at the General Assembly this year. It requires a background check for any gun sale, even between private individuals.

The judge wrote that the act was “facially valid,” “valid based on historical justifications” and “facially constitutional.” But he wrote that the state is currently unprepared to administer it in a way that does not infringe on the right of adults under 21 to buy a handgun.