Assault Weapons Ban Passes Virginia House of Delegates
Richmond, VA (February 11, 2020) — Today, the Virginia House of Delegates passed HB 961, prohibiting the sale of assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and bump stocks, by a vote of 51-48.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Virginia State Director Lori Haas issued the following statement:
“Virginia has seen its share of gun tragedies — from high profile mass shootings to the everyday gun violence that terrorizes communities and neighborhoods. The availability of assault weapons, high capacity magazines, and deadly accessories increases the body count of shootings and leads to horrific tragedies. Today’s vote is an important step in getting these types of weapons out of civilian hands and off the streets of the commonwealth.
“Semi-automatic assault weapons are designed to maximize lethality; they are intended to kill as many human beings as possible as quickly as possible. Perpetrators of mass shootings often use these types of weapons coupled with high-capacity magazines, which increase lethality by giving the shooter more firepower without having to reload. They are used for hunting human beings.
“Thank you to Delegate Levine, Chairman Hope, and all the members of the House of Delegates for bringing up and passing this essential piece of gun violence prevention legislation. The voters understand that these types of weapons have no place on the streets of Virginia — and that they must be regulated. We applaud the bravery and determination of all the delegates who worked so hard to get this bill passed. We look forward to the same type of courage and thoughtful discussion as this legislation moves over to the Senate.”