HB 961 is the name.
House Bill 961 makes it a Class 6 felony to “import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, possess, or transport large-capacity firearm magazines, silencers, and trigger activators, all defined in the bill.”
Under the proposed law, any person who already owns a weapon classified as an assault firearm under the new legal definition would be able to retain possession of the weapon, but would have to obtain a permit from Virginia State Police, which police would then be required to enter into the Virginia Criminal Information Network to keep the permit on file with law enforcement.
Democrats currently have the full majority, but another bill similar to this one was shot down (pun intended) while still in committee. Three Democrats also voted against this bill, so many are speculating that it will not pass the Senate.
Here are some of the arguments revolving around the assault weapon ban frm both sides.
“Assault weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment because they are weapons of war,” said Moran.
“This bill does not make Virginians safer, what this bill does is make Virginians, law-abiding Virginians, felons overnight,” said D.J. Spiker, a lobbyist for the NRA.
The bill would ban the sale of some semi automatic firearms that hold more than 12 rounds. People who own them already would be able to keep them, being grandfathered in, but would have to register it with the state police.
What do you think? Are assault weapons protected by the 2nd amendment?
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Matthew – Strictly News