Bipartisan Vote Defeats Assault Weapon ban in Virginia Senate
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
The Virginia Senate defeated legislation Monday that would have banned the sale or exchange of so-called “assault weapons.” But that doesn’t mean the issue is settled.
Four Democrats joined six Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to avoid a ban on the future sale of weapons that could handle magazines with a 12 round or greater capacity. But Senate Democrats, who control the overall chamber 21-19, proposed sending the issue to the Virginia Crime Commission for further study and not revisiting legislation until 2021.
House Democrats, who approved the gun control measure on a party-line vote, were quick to distance themselves from their Senate colleagues. House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn tweeted:
The Democratic platform last fall was very clear. Limiting access to weapons of war used in mass murder was a key part of that platform. The House of Delegates delivered on our promise to take action to keep those weapons off our streets. https://t.co/UQJPDt6jfv
— Eileen Filler-Corn (@EFillerCorn) February 17, 2020
Phil Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, gave a shout-out to gun rights supporters, tweeting:
HB961 went down by a 10 to 5 vote! Everybody’s hard work, Lobby Day, and sanctuary movement paid off!
— Phil Van Cleave VCDL (@VCDL_ORG) February 17, 2020
More than 100 cities, towns, and counties in Virginia have declared their support for Second Amendment rights.
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