The Virginia gun bill that would ban “assault weapons” and ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 12 rounds has been blocked by the Virginia state senate.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has been trying to get the bill passed since Democrats won a majority in both legislative chambers and kept a Democrat in the governorship.
As the Washington Free Beacon reports, the Virginia state senate’s Judiciary Committee prevented the bill from advancing on a 10 to 5 vote.
The committee “referred HB961 to the crime commission for further study, meaning the bill will not go to a final vote this legislative session,” the Washington Free Beacon reports.
According to the report, Democratic senators Creigh Deeds, John S. Edwards, Scott Surovell, and Chap Petersen joined all Republican members to vote down the bill from being considered.
Second Amendment advocates in the legislative chamber cheered the committee’s decision to defeat the bill and this excitement was undoubtedly shared by gun owners throughout the state.
The Free Beacon adds:
The defeat of the ban and confiscation measure followed mass demonstrations from Second Amendment rights advocates in January. Tens of thousands peacefully rallied in Richmond during a gun-rights gathering as lawmakers debated gun-control bills. The rally was a culmination of three months of grassroots opposition to measures—especially confiscation efforts—backed by Governor Ralph Northam (D.) and members of the newly elected Democratic majorities in both houses of the legislature. As of February, 141 localities, including 91 of Virginia’s 95 counties, had declared themselves Second Amendment “sanctuaries” and vowed not to enforce new gun laws they deemed unconstitutional.
“Everybody’s hard work, Lobby Day, and sanctuary movement paid off!” Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, which organized the Richmond rally and helped facilitate the sanctuary movement, tweeted after the vote.
The bill passed the House of Delegates last week, making the state senate the last step before it would then be signed into law by the governor.
The National Rifle Association celebrated the committee’s decision to vote down the bill.
“This is a victory for honest, hard-working Virginians who shared their support for the Second Amendment in rallies on the capitol, in one-on-one meetings with their lawmakers, in letters to the editor, and in phone calls, emails, and texts to their state senators,” NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen told the outlet. “We thank the senators on the judiciary committee for listening to their constituents and delivering a bipartisan defeat of an egregious gun ban that would have criminalized law-abiding gun owners.”