‘You have a gun, you get to keep your gun’; Assault weapons bill sparks debate

'You have a gun, you get to keep your gun'; Assault weapons bill sparks debate

Demonstrators stand outside a security zone before a pro gun rally, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — A bill regulating assault weapons has passed the Virginia House of Delegates and is now headed to the Senate for consideration. HB 961 prohibits the sale of certain semi-automatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and ban the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds. Further the bill prohibits the sale, transporting, transferring, or manufacturing of an assault firearm and it would be illegal to import, sell, transfer, manufacture or purchase a bump stock after July 1, 2020. Violation would be a Class 6 felony. "It bans the sale or the purchase of these weapons," said Del. Mark Levine, who authorized the bill. "It still allows gun owners to keep their guns, but it would ban the transfer so we get these guns off our streets." Current owners of assault weapons would be grandfathered in and therefore able to keep their firearms. Gun rights supporters said the bill infringes upon their Second Amendment rights, but Del. Levine said there are a lot of misconceptions about it. "This is a compromise that takes into account folk’s concerns and is still a good bill that will help reduce mass murders in the commonwealth," said Del. Mark Levine, a Democrat sponsoring the legislation. "This bill will save lives." The version of the bill headed to the Senate has gone through some changes after gun owners […]

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