Senator Black's SB612 (long gun purchase approvals move under the National Instant Check System (NICS)) debate starts @ 1 hr 18 mins. Takes nearly an hour but you'll find out everything you ever wanted to know about how the purchase approval process works.
As previously reported, the bill was tabled for the year...VA State Police will receive additional funding to try and "fix" the system of lengthy delays buyers are experiencing. The VSP is on notice that they'll have to demonstrate definite improvements before this time next year.
Thanks, Peter, for posting. This was very informative. I didn't see any indication that the VSP is in favor of getting out of the gun-approval business as you had apparently been told off-line but I wouldn't have expected an admission of that in this venue.