RICHMOND, Va. -- Instead of requiring private sellers at gun shows to conduct background checks on buyers, Virginia should ensure that those who should be federally licensed to sell firearms comply with the law.

That's according to Republican Sen. Kenneth Stolle of Virginia Beach, a member of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

The commission met Tuesday to study state and federal firearms laws so the General Assembly will have a clear understanding of the law for future debates. Repeated attempts have failed to close the so-called gun-show loophole, which allows private owners to sell firearms at gun shows without conducting checks that licensed dealers are required to perform

Virginia is one of 33 states that don't require checks from private sellers.