RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Doug Wilder is blaming fellow Democrats in Virginia’s Senate for allowing the repeal of one of his legislative legacies — a limit of one individual handgun purchase per month.

Wilder spoke for the first time on the issue in an Associated Press interview last week.

The nation’s first elected black governor said he knew Democratic Sen. Creigh Deeds would support repealing the law enacted during his term 19 years ago when Virginia was a gun-runner’s paradise. Deeds opposed it back then.

Wilder said he’s surprised that Democratic Sen. John Edwards of Roanoke supported the repeal.

The grandson of slaves also says Republicans are embarrassing Virginia with requirements to present identification at polls to vote, saying they target minorities, the old and the disabled in a presidential election year.

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