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  • Virginia House passes HB 961 "assault weapon" ban, now heads to the Senate

    Virginia House passes HB 961

    The Virginia House of Delegates voted to 51-48 Tuesday afternoon to pass HB 961, a bill that would ban assault weapons and other firearm accessories. Three Democrat delegates joined Republicans in voting against the bill in the House. The bill now moves to the Senate which Democrats hold by a slimmer majority.

    HB 961 passed advanced out of a state House committee on last Friday, but not before the packed chamber erupted in protest, forcing state police to order the rowdy crowd to clear the assembly under threat of arrest for trespassing.

    The new law would make it a Class 6 felony for anyone to "import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, possess, or transport large-capacity firearm magazines, silencers, and trigger activators, all defined in the bill."

    “HB 961 would make tens of thousands of gun owners in Virginia criminals overnight,” Republican Del. Nick Freitas told the Washington Examiner. “This bill creates an environment where you could receive up to 12 months in jail for every magazine you have over 12 rounds. At the same time that Democrats are voting for early release programs for people convicted of first-degree murder and rape, they are criminalizing law-abiding gun owners.”

    Watch Delegate Mark Levine try to explain his bill, HB961, and fail miserably below. No politician, especially those who have no understanding or knowledge of firearms, should be allowed to write regulation that infringes upon everyday citizens' Second Amendment rights.

    Read the full text of “HB 961 Assault firearms, certain firearm magazines, etc.; prohibiting sale, transport, etc., penalties” here.

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