Report by Paula Antolini, February 17, 2020, 2:36PM EDT
The Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee voted today to reject HB 961, a bill banning standard-capacity magazines, future sales of suppressors and commonly-owned firearms.
The Virginia Shooting Sports Association tweeted, “Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to defeat the largest attack on Virginia’s gun owners that we have seen in years. The battle is not over but this bill is dead for this session. A big thanks to Senator Deeds, Edwards for supporting the rights of law abiding gun owners.”
“A bill backed by Gov. Ralph Northam that would ban the sale of assault-style weapons in Virginia failed on a committee vote Monday morning, setting back one of the biggest priorities for the newly minted Democrat-controlled government in the state.” reports Fox News.
A crowd of gun-rights activists packed into the committee room cheered as the vote came in, with four moderate Democrats joining Republicans to shelve the bill until next year. 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.” reports Fox news.