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Arrest Rate at Virginia Gun Shows Increases

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The percentage of people arrested after being denied permission to buy firearms at Virginia gun shows has increased over the last two years.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that 10.6 percent of the people who were denied permission to buy guns in 2011 were charged with an offense related to being someone legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. That increased to 12.4 percent in 2012 and to 27 percent last year.

Thomas Baker is a criminologist at Virginia Commonwealth University. He says that while the upward trend is a positive sign, it's important to note that those who weren't arrested after failing a background check could simply go to a private seller at a show and buy a gun. Existing law requires only federally licensed dealers to run background checks.

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