UPDATE: Virginia House voted on ‘assault firearm’ ban. Here’s what happened

FEBRUARY 11, 2020

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As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News App offers the following information published by WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM:

Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly took another step toward restricting the lawful ownership of loosely defined “assault” weapons after a party-line vote in the House of Delegates.

House Bill 961, which passed by a vote of 51-48, would expand the definition of “assault firearm” and prohibit the sale or transfer of such weapons. The bill also expands restrictions on magazine sizes.

The article goes on to state the following:

“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.”

WSLS reports:

The legislation would make a violation a Class 6 felony.

The vote Tuesday was 51-48. Not all Democrats supported the legislation.

The bill, which was introduced by Democratic Delegate Mark Levine from House District 45, will now go to the Senate where a version of the assault weapons ban failed in committee earlier this session.

Beverly A. Pekala, an attorney, tweeted:

“Dem-controlled #Virginia House voted 51-48 to ban ‘assault weapons.’

“Legal owners of assault firearm have until Jan 2021 to make it inoperable, surrender or sell.

“Bill proceeds to Senate.”

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