Virginia State Lawmakers Shelve Democrat-Backed Gun-Control Measures

Virginia Senate committee will not move forward with controversial assault weapons bill

"Despite today's vote, the Governor is proud of the several commonsense gun safety measures that continue to advance". Creigh Deeds (D-Charlottesville), Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) and Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax). The legislation was sponsored by Del. The Virginia House has approved seven other of his proposals, including universal background checks on private gun sales and boosting red flag laws.

The NRA-ILA reported HB 961, in its original form, contained no grandfather clause for "assault weapons", but such a clause had to be added in order to garner enough support for passage. It would have banned the sales of some semiautomatic weapons as well as the possession of magazines with more than 12 rounds. 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.

The state of Virginia has been known as the center of all the gun debates.

State senators voted to table the issue for the year and let the state's crime commission study the issue further. "We will be back next year", Alena Yarmosky, a spokeswoman for Northam, said in an email to CNN.

The majority in the committee room were pro-Second Amendment activists, with a few gun control supporters in attendance as well.

Philipe Van Cleave, president of the VCDL, hailed Monday's vote as a "victory" for gun rights in the state in a series of social media post following the senate committee vote, saying the bill had been "killed for the year".

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