Virginia Democrats advance assault weapon ban

Virginia Democrats advance assault weapon ban
The legislations would ban the sale of certain semi-automatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and prohibit the possession of silencers and magazines that hold more than 12 rounds. (Source: Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers in Virginia are advancing legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons and the possession of high-capacity magazines despite fierce opposition from gun owners.

A state House committee on Friday advanced a legislation backed by Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday that would ban the sale of certain semi-automatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and prohibit the possession of silencers and magazines that hold more than 12 rounds.

It’s the most ambitious measure proposed by Northam and one that’s met the most pushback, including from members of his own party.

Gun owners packed the committee room Friday and erupted in protest when the measured passed. Capitol Police cleared the committee room of almost every spectator after the vote.

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