Family of Virginia Tech shooting victim buys guns without permit

By David Edwards
Monday, April 13, 2009 7:01 EDT
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There have been as many as eight shooting sprees across the country during the past few weeks. CBS News’ correspondent Leslie Stahl found that gun and ammunition sales have increased since the election. The idea that Barack Obama wants to take people’s guns may be one reason for the increase.

Omaha Samaha, whose sister Reema killed in the Virginia Tech shootings, testified before Virginia lawmakers that he was able to buy a dozen guns at a gun show without any background check. One of the guns was “[a] Glock that was stronger than the one used to kill my sister,” he explained. He was never required to show any identification.

The ability to buy guns at guns shows without a background check is known as the “gun show loophole.” The Virginia legislature debated if the loophole should be closed in February. The measure lost by 2 votes.

CBS News has more details here.

This video is from CBS News’ 60 Minutes, broadcast Apr. 12, 2009.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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