‘Assault Weapons’ Ban Shelved by Virginia Senate Committee

Marco Green
February 18, 2020

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-5 Monday to not move forward with a controversial bill that would've banned the future sale of assault weapons, as well as magazines capable of carrying more than 12 rounds.

The proposal was part of a package of gun control measures sought by Northam and fiercely opposed by gun rights supporters. Democratic lawmakers have introduced so many bills that congressional sessions have often extended late into the night to process the backlog, while some lawmakers have struggled with procedural issues after being shut out of power for decades.

However, Republicans and the handful of Democrats who voted with them on the Senate Judiciary Committee want to wait on the legislation and give time for a study to show whether such a ban carries any benefit in the first place.

Northam introduced the measure in response to a shooting past year at a Virginia Beach, Va., municipal building in which 12 people were killed. In the meantime, it will be sent to a Crime Commission where it will be studied.

Virginia became a hotbed of Second Amendment debates in recent weeks due to several bills Northam has proposed to enact new gun control measures.

The Democrats' momentum on the gun control issue was at least temporarily derailed with Monday's committee vote.

In response to the news, the governor's spokeswoman vowed "we will be back next year" after sharing that the governor was disappointed by the outcome.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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