I live in Virginia.
I was chatting with a local gun store owner recently. One of the complaints we hear all the time is that guns purchased in VA are used in crime in New York City. These stories further say that just a very few gun shops are responsible for a large percentage of these sales to questionable customers.
He had a simple theory: Decent people have stopped shopping there.
An example he detailed was that gang members find an innocent woman they would pay or coerce to be the strawman. She will be sent in with a list of things to buy. She will sign all the paperwork and check the boxes where she swears that the purchase is not for someone else. A quick call in and her record comes up clean. She leaves with a trunk full of guns that are on 95 North before the day is over.
Decent people see this happen and don't like it. They have stopped shopping there.
--Soon they are on the Top Ten Shit List.