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Va gov: Navy Yard shouldn't provoke new gun limits

Tuesday - 9/24/2013, 12:18pm  ET

BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Even though the weapon used to carry out last week's Washington Navy Yard shooting was bought in Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell says the state's firearms access laws do not need changing.

In his monthly call-in show on Washington's WTOP, McDonnell said there will be a full examination of state laws, including mental health evaluation procedures, after disturbed gunman Aaron Alexis killed 12 people at the Navy Yard. But he says no changes are needed to gun laws, including required purchase waiting periods.

Alexis had a history of violent outbursts, told police he was hearing voices and was being treated for serious mental problems.

Even so, he was able to pass a criminal background check and legally buy the shotgun he used from a northern Virginia firearms retailer.


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