Breitbart reports Democrats on Virginia’s House of Delegates Public Safety Committee passed legislation Friday making it a felony to possess a suppressor in the state after July 1, 2020.
The felony applies to all suppressors, including those legally purchased through the federal background check and registered with the ATF.
The Washington Examiner reports the ban is expected to pass in the full Democrat-controlled House of Delegates. The opportunity to stop the ban will occur in the Senate, where a few Democrats have expressed hesitancy to support bans on firearms or certain accessories.
For example, on January 29, 2020, Breitbart News reported Virginia State Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D) made clear he will not support a magazine or firearm bans. He indicated his focus in solely on strengthening laws that deal with access to firearms, not laws that prohibit certain firearms or related hardware.
The bill that bans suppressor possession also bans “high capacity” magazines, making it precisely the type of legislation Lewis said he would not support.
Gov. Ralph Northam (D) made his plans for a war on guns clear in early November 2019 and has not relented. Since then Virginia Democrats have put forward legislation criminalizing private gun sales and punishing gun owners for not reporting stolen guns within 24 hours. They have also introduced legislation banning certain ammunition magazines, suppressors, and requiring owners of certain rifles to acquire a license from the state police.
Per TCO, Friday, despite fierce opposition from pro-gun protesters who filled the room, the Virginia state house committee passed a ban on some AR-15 style rifles.
TheHill reports a Virginia state House committee on Friday passed a bill that would ban the sale of certain semi-automatic firearms, including the popular AR-15 style rifles.
H.B. 961 would also ban silencers and magazines that hold more than 12 rounds. It was passed out of the House Public Safety Committee by a vote of 12-9.
The bill, which has the support of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), will now make its way to the floor of the state’s Democratic-controlled House of Delegates.
Pro-gun residents of the state packed the committee room for the vote, and when the measure passed, the crowd erupted into protest, an ABC affiliate reported. People became so agitated that law enforcement was forced to disperse the crowd.
Bill reports out party line. Shouts of “We will not comply!” pic.twitter.com/4jsa30ztYq
— Amy Friedenberger (@AJFriedenberger) February 7, 2020
After the vote passed, National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen described the bill as an “egregious gun ban” that will “make millions of law-abiding Virginians felons overnight.”
.@NRA's statement on the Virginia House Committee on Public Safety passing HB961, the "assault" weapons and high capacity magazine ban: "This egregious gun ban is designed to make millions of law-abiding Virginians felons overnight." pic.twitter.com/EEDrVhXgul
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) February 7, 2020
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