Virginia shooting prompts questions about repeal of handgun waiting period

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After the shooting deaths of two WDBJ-TV journalists Wednesday, some are questioning the June removal of Wisconsin’s former 48-hour waiting period for those wanting to buy a handgun.

“They can obviously do background checks quicker. But there’s the waiting period,” National Association of Social Workers Executive Director Marc Herstand said. “That’s critical in terms of suicide. In terms of domestic violence. And other things too. Someone could get fired from a job, go to the gun store, and then take it back to the agency.”

Madison musician Tulin Waters said the lack of a cooling-off period is part of what brought her out to rally at the Capitol, and urge those passing by to light candles.

“And when you have reporters being shot and killed on TV that’s pretty much the end all be all,” Waters said. “Guns are too accessible, too cheap and too dangerous nowadays. We have too many people with mental problems. Not enough screenings. And the truth is whether you’re pro-gun or pro-not they’re too accessible.”

When the law passed, Gov. Scott Walker echoed supporters saying the law was no longer necessary since new technology allowed for background checks.

Licensed Sun Prairie gun dealer Harold Bohne does not think waiting periods make a difference.

“In the heat of the moment if someone wants to harm someone they’ll figure out a way to do it,” Bohne said.

Request for comment from other gun shop operators, Walker and the National Rifle Association were not returned.

CBS News is reporting the WDBJ shooter purchased two Glock pistols legally on July 10 from a Roanoke gun store.