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Virginia Democrats Reject Assault Weapons Ban

HeadlineFeb 18, 2020

In Virginia, state senators rejected a ban on assault weapons after four Democrats sided with Republicans to defeat the ban in committee. The measure would have prohibited the sale of magazines that hold over 12 rounds, and some semi-automatic guns, including AR-15-style assault rifles, which have been used in the majority of mass shootings in the U.S. Democratic Governor Ralph Northam called for gun control reforms following last May’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach that killed 13 people. Virginia Democrats, who took control of the Legislature in November, have passed other gun control measures, including universal background checks, limits on handgun purchases to once a month, and a red flag bill allowing authorities to confiscate guns from individuals who may pose a danger to themselves or others.

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