Virginia's state legislature recently voted to repeal a 1993 law capping handgun purchases at one-per-month. The law was designed to help curb interstate gun trafficking along what was known as the "iron pipeline" — the corridor along I-95 from the south to the northeast. In 1991, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had found that 40 percent of guns found at crime scenes in New York had been purchased in Virginia. Two decades later, opponents of the law say that it's become obsolete.
Colin Goddard is assistant director of legislative affairs at the Brady Campaign, a non-profit that advocates for gun-control and public awareness of gun violence. Carlisle E. Moody is a professor of economics at the College of William & Mary, and expert in econometric analysis of crime and criminal justice policy.