On January 16th, Republicans in the Virginia House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee were able to stop new gun control measures proposed by Democrats after Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) was elected.
As Breitbart News reported on January 15th, these measures included an expansion of background checks and of mental health-related gun ownership bans. Richmond’s Times-Dispatch reports that a requirement that would have shut down private gun sales at gun shows and a ban “on the sale and transfer of ‘high capacity’ magazines” were also defeated.
The ban on “high capacity” magazines was pushed by Delegate Alfonso H. Lopez (D-Arlington), who said no one needs “a hundred-round ‘high capacity’ magazine to kill a deer.”
During the gubernatorial campaign, McAuliffe pledged Colorado-like gun control if elected, so these early gun control measures won’t be the last that Democrats try to push through. The Virginia Senate will consider gun control legislation next month.
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