Richmond, Virginia — Four “moderate” Democrats joined with Republicans Monday morning to defeat a so-called “assault weapons ban” (HB 961) in the Virginia State Senate.
But it’s not all good news for gun owners in Virginia … far from it. In fact, it’s mostly bad.
Multiple pieces of gun control legislation have already passed:
“Those bills include limiting handgun purchases to once a month, universal background checks on gun purchases, allowing localities to ban guns in public buildings, parks and other areas, and a red flag bill that would allow authorities to temporarily take guns away from anyone deemed to be dangerous to themselves or others.”
The Associated Press reported on the vote this way:
“Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s push to ban the sale of assault weapons has failed after members of his own party balked at the proposal.
Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee room packed with gun advocates.
Four moderate Democrats joined Republicans in Monday’s committee vote, rejecting legislation that would have prohibited the sale of certain semiautomatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and banned the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds.
The bill was a top priority for Northam, a Democrat who has campaigned heavily for a broad package of gun-control measures.”
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons has failed after moderate Democrats joined Republicans to reject the proposal. https://t.co/2UFnJmS95B
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 17, 2020