Friday, February 7, 2020

VA-ALERT: Unfortunately, HB 961, "assault weapon" ban, cleared committee, but fight is far from over

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HB 961, Delegate Mark Levine's "assault weapon," higher-capacity magazine, and suppressor ban cleared the House Public Safety committee by a 12 to 9 party line vote. The bill that passed was a substitute that made a few insignificant changes to the original bill.  HB 961 no longer requires registration for current owners to keep their "assault weapon" (no new "assault weapons" can be purchased) and it raises the legal capacity-limit for magazines from 10 rounds to 12 rounds.

Bad votes are in red:

YEAS--Hope, Bourne, Plum, Kory, Lopez, Rasoul, Price, Levine, Carroll Foy, Helmer, Simonds, Jenkins--12.

NAYS--Wright, Robinson, Wilt, Fariss, Rush, Davis, Campbell, R.R., Coyner, Batten--9.



The bill now heads to the House Floor.  If it passes there, it will head over to the Senate, where we have a much better chance of stopping it.  Be ready to fill the building when it comes up in the Senate Judiciary committee sometime in the coming weeks.

I did a video with much more information today.  Click here to watch it.

Click here to watch the committee hearing.
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