Virginia Assault Weapons Ban

Virginia House Public Safety Committee Passes Bill to Regulate Assault Weapons and Other Lethal Accessories

Richmond, VA (February 7, 2020) — Today, the Virginia House Public Safety Committee passed HB 961, prohibiting the sale of assault weapons, high capacity magazines, silencers, and bump stocks.

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Virginia State Director Lori Haas issued the following statement:

“Thank you to Chairman Hope and the members of the House Public Safety Committee for bringing up and passing this essential piece of gun violence prevention legislation. The committee understands that these types of weapons have no place on the streets of Virginia — and that they must be regulated.

“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.

“Last summer, 12 Virginians were killed in a municipal building in Virginia Beach by a gunman who had access to these deadly accessories. This legislation is the first step towards getting these weapons of war off the streets of Virginia.

“We applaud all of the delegates who voted for this vital legislation. We look forward to full passage of the bill by the House of Delegates.”

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