RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gun sales in Virginia are down following three years of growth.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Virginia State Police logged background checks for 219,491 transactions during the first seven months of 2014. That's down 23 percent from 286,480 transactions during the same period in 2013.
Transactions at gun shows declined by 21 percent during the same period, from 24,870 to 20,492.
Robert Marcus owns Bob's Gun Shop in Norfolk. He says he's surprised that the sales decline isn't greater because 2013 was an aberration.