Assault weapons ban clears committee; crowd ordered out by police

Assault weapons ban clears committee; crowd ordered out by police

Gun Rights

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A recent protest with more than 20,000 Second Amendment supporters didn’t stop House Democrats from advancing one of their most controversial gun control proposals. Many of those same protesters returned to the Capitol on Friday to tell lawmakers they won’t comply. So many people showed up for the House Public Safety Committee meeting that dozens were forced to wait in the hallway. A handful of gun control supporters, who praised the legislation as “life saving,” were also in attendance. The crowd erupted after delegates voted 12-9 to report a bill that would ban assault weapons and several firearm accessories to the full House floor. Capitol Police cleared out the room immediately after the vote, even though the agenda wasn’t complete. Police escorted people out of the House Committee room this morning. The crowd erupted after lawmakers voted 12-9 to report a bill that would ban assault weapons and other accessories to the full House. pic.twitter.com/1KY4JpCj7n — Jackie DeFusco 8News (@Jackie8News) February 7, 2020 “We will not strip ourselves of our ability to defend ourselves, our families or our neighbors,” said Mark Curtis, a gun rights supporter from Beaverdam, Va., after the meeting. “We have all been trained. We have all been through the vetting process to be able to have that protection, that right.” The bill would ban the possession of bump stocks and the sale of suppressors. American Suppressor Association President Knox Williams said the accessory is already strictly regulated. “The quietest is still […]

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