Virginia Governor’s ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Fails After Democrats Balk
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s bid to ban the sale of so-called assault weapons has failed after Democratic Senators balked at the controversial proposal, according to Fox5.
Those opposed opted to shelve the bill for a year in order for the state crime commission to study the issue – a decision which drew cheers from gun advocates during a highly anticipated committee meeting.
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. –Fox5
Gun owners and Second Amendment activists accused Northam and others of attempting to confiscate commonly owned guns from law-abiding citizens despite the governor’s repeated assertions that he does not want to confiscate guns. He argued that banning the sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would deter mass murderers.
Tens of thousands of Second Amendment activists flooded the state Capitol in protest of the bill – with many exercising their right to open-carry.
Still, while Northam’s ‘scary looking rifles’ bill has failed, he has been able to push through much of his gun-control agenda.
Earlier proposals to ban possession of AR-15-style rifles or to require owners to register them with state police have been scrapped. The governor had hoped a watered-down would win over enough Democratic moderates for passage.
Lawmakers in both the House and Senate have already advanced several other gun-control measures and should finalize passage in the coming days. 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. –Fox5
In short, if you oppose abortion and want to protect your family, don’t live in Virginia.
Mon, 02/17/2020 – 16:35