Virginia permits guns to be purchased from private sellers at gun shows right outside of Washington, DC. Gun shops have to run background checks, but not private sellers. The number of “straw buyers” is a problem for both Chicago and DC. A twenty minute drive from either city puts you at stores where the gun purchasing rules are relaxed. A shop outside of Chicago was featured because of the large number of straw purchases that took place there.There are ways to make acquiring and possessing guns more difficult for criminals, but the criminals in elected office care more about donations than keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists, and the mentally ill.