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Virginia advances gun control bills that ban sale of some semi-automatics, possession of high-capacity magazines

Despite overwhelming opposition from gun owners and gun rights groups, Virginia Democratic lawmakers on Friday advanced legislation that would ban the sale of some semiautomatic firearms as well as end the possession of high-capacity magazines.

Gun supporters packed a state House committee room and shouted in protest when legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons like AR-15 style-rifles, prohibit the possession of silencers as well as magazines that hold more than 12 rounds, passed out of committee.

The uproar caused Capitol Police to clear the committee room of almost every spectator following the vote, The Associated Press reported.

Virginia has been ground zero for the country's heated debate over gun control.

In November, Democrats flipped the state Senate and the House of Delegates, giving them control of both the governor's office and the legislature for the first time in a generation.

Following his reelection, Gov. Ralph Northam vowed to push through new gun control measures, saying it was a top priority for Virginia Democrats. In doing so, he angered gun rights' advocates who believe he is trying to take away their rights. President Trump also jumped into the debate, warning via tweet that Virginia Democrats were threatening Americans' right to bear arms.

Heated exchanges over guns have dominated this year's legislative session. They were also a key topic of last year's legislative elections — particularly after a mass shooting in Virginia Beach claimed a dozen lives — and gun control groups heavily funded Democratic candidates.

Gun owners are descending on local government offices to demand they establish sanctuaries for gun rights across the state. More than 100 counties, cities and towns have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries and vowed to oppose any new "unconstitutional restrictions" on guns. And last month, tens of thousands of gun rights activists from across the country flooded the state Capitol and surrounding area in protest, some donning tactical gear and carrying military rifles.

Northam has been able to get most of his gun control agenda passed in at least one chamber of the General Assembly this year, but struggled with the proposed assault weapon ban. Earlier proposals to ban possession of AR-15-style rifles or to require owners to register them with state police have been scrapped.

An estimated eight million AR-style guns have been sold since they were introduced to the public in the 1960s. The weapons are known as easy to use, easy to clean and easy to modify with a variety of scopes, stocks and rails.

"They are the Barbie doll of the gun world," said Nicholas McGraw, a gun owner from King William County who came to protest the bill Friday. He said he doubts the measure, if passed, would be effective.

"They are the Barbie doll of the gun world."
– Nicholas McGraw, gun owner from King William County

"I have friends that are not going to comply," he said.

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran said a ban on selling assault weapons and high-capacity magazines is needed to help prevent mass shootings, or at least limit the damage mass shooters can inflict. He cited the fact that the shooter in the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007 had a handgun with a high-capacity magazine.

"Assault weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment because they are weapons of war," Moran said.

Opponents said the measure would make many law-abiding Virginians felons for owning commonly available guns and accessories.

"This bill does not make Virginians safer, what this bill does is make Virginians, law-abiding Virginians, felons overnight," said D.J. Spiker, a lobbyist for the NRA.

The measure faces high odds of passage, as several moderate Senate Democrats already indicated they're unlikely to support an assault weapons ban this year.

The full House is expected to vote on the measure in coming days.
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It looks like Virginia ( Supposedly the state for lovers ) thanks to Dumberg, is in a hurry to become another Commiefornia, I just hope that the conflict bean created by the idiotic DemocRATS does not turn violent. Remember that it was is the same area of the Northeast was were the Civil War started. We most definable do not need another Civil War, but it appears to me that the DemocRATS are pushing for one.
 

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We most definable do not need another Civil War, but it appears to me that the DemocRATS are pushing for one.
It would be insane for them to do so, but there is so much insanity within their ranks, to be sure. They don't have the rational minds needed to live and let live, they only desire to control the lives of all.

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Virginia is pushing hard to take the title of "smallest state" away from Rhode Island.
 

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Just can't wait to see how many counties succeed to West Virginia.

I suspect that by the time all that gets going between voting, court rulings etc election time will come around again and hopefully the dems get blasted out of office.........hoping anyway. I don't see it being like NY and CA where they stay in power especially with all this anti right and anti gun agenda going on
 

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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.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/virginia-lawmakers-reject-assault-weapon-ban/ar-BB105pv8?ocid=spartanntp[SUB][/SUB]

 

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Glad too see there is some decent democrats still around.
 

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It's a start...many more bills need to be defeated.


RICHMOND, Va. — 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.
The legislation also engendered the biggest pushback from gun owners and gun-right advocates, who accused the governor and others of wanting to confiscate commonly owned guns and accessories from law-abiding gun owners. Northam has said repeatedly he does not want to confiscate guns, but argued that banning new sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines would help prevent mass murders.
Virginia is the current epicenter of the country's heated debate over gun control and mass shootings. Tens of thousands of gun-rights activists from across the country flooded the state Capitol and surrounding area in protest, some donning tactical gear and carrying military-style rifles.
Northam has been able to get much of his gun-control agenda passed this year, but struggled with the proposed assault weapon ban. 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.

An estimated 8 million AR-style guns have been sold since they were introduced to the public in the 1960s. The weapons are known as easy to use, easy to clean and easy to modify with a variety of scopes, stocks and rails.
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.

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