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Gun rights advocates sue to block Virginia handgun sales law

A few leagues and organizations filed a lawsuit against a new law that would ban people from being able to purchase more than one handgun a month.

RICHMOND, Va. — Gun rights advocates are suing to block a Virginia law from taking effect that would ban people from being able to buy more than one handgun a month. 

The Virginia Citizens Defense League, Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners Foundation are among the plaintiffs in the suit filed Friday in a circuit court in Virginia. 

The law is set to take effect on July 1. 

It would make buying more than one handgun in a month a misdemeanor, with violators facing up to a year in jail or up to a $2,500 fine. 

The plaintiffs argue that the measure violates their Second Amendment rights. Attorney General Mark Herring said he'll defend the measure.

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