David Frum spreads gross misinformation on VA gun laws
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David Frum spreads gross misinformation on VA gun laws

Posted June 14, 2017 10:57 AM by Nate Madden American flag with shells second amendment
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The gun control narrative is already beginning to take over following the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and several others at a Congressional Baseball Game practice in Alexandria, Va. Wednesday morning.

In a pair of tweets, David Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic, shared the following amid the bloodshed:

That is filled with misinformation about the Old Dominion State’s gun laws. Here’s the truth.

The state does indeed require background checks for firearms sales through licensed vendors, though private sales are exempt.

Virginia has specific restrictions pertaining to magazines in more populated areas like Alexandria, where the shooting took place. Magazines that carry over 20 rounds of ammunition for semi-automatic weapons, or over seven shotgun shells, are restricted.

Concealed carry of long guns is illegal (not to mention impractical in almost all cases, due to the physical nature of a long gun). While open carry of long guns is legal, the practice is subject to the magazine restrictions above.

Therefore, had the shooter been using a magazine that held over 20 rounds, carrying it in any form would have been illegal at a public park in Alexandria.

Responding to Frum, some called out the inaccuracy, while others chided the media figure for politicizing the tragedy so soon after its occurrence.    

And Frum responded to some of criticism on his timeline:

And the conversation continues ...

CRTV will have more details as this story develops.

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Nate Madden is CRTV’s congressional correspondent. Follow him @NateMaddenCRTV and on Facebook.