Gun Control is Passing, so What About the Assault Weapons Ban?

Gun Control is Passing, so What About the Assault Weapons Ban?

Demonstrators stand outside a security zone before a pro-gun rally, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. While most gun control measures have already zoomed through Virginia’s legislative process this session, a proposed ban on assault-style firearms hasn’t even taken its first step. At a gun shop and pawn store in Hopewell, owner Alec Shull hopes it stays that way. He waves at a wall full of long rifles “Everything in here will fall under that,” he says. “Except for a couple of guns I have over here.” The proposal would limit magazines in most guns to 10 rounds, plus it would ban semi-automatic rifles, pistols and shotguns if they’re accessorized with things like pistol grips, telescoping stocks, silencers, or flash suppressors. “Very, very broad,” Shull says. “What some of these people want to go out and do – have a little bit of fun, protect themselves. Whatever it may be. It takes all of that away from ‘them.” The bill lets people who already have those weapons keep them, but eventually they would have to be registered and have a permit. Shull says he knows that worries gun owners, because in recent months business has almost doubled. “Everybody panicked. Nobody wanted their guns taken away. I have liberals coming in. I have conservatives coming in. I have every idiot there is out on the street right now coming in to look at guns,” he says. A spokeswoman for the Governor says the measure does not involve confiscating guns, […]

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