There are over 20 firearm related bills so far that have been introduced for the 2009 Session of the Virginia General Assembly and we still have three days before the filing deadline. The usual suspects like closing the “gun show loophole” and gutting Virginia’s preemption statute are part of the list. Also, there is a bill (SB 1166) that would more than double the fee paid by the purchaser of firearms for background checks. If the bill passes the fee will increase from $2 to $5. This is all done solely to try and close the projected $4 billion hole in the budget. If the fee increase was to pay increased costs associated with the background checks that would be one thing but it isn’t, they want to balance the budget on the backs of gun owners.