House Bill 961 Moves to the Virginia Senate


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Virginia House Approves Ban of ‘Assault Firearms,’ Magazines and Suppressors
House Bill 961 Moves to the Virginia Senate

Today, by a vote of 51 to 48, the Virginia House of Delegates voted to pass House Bill 961 by Delegate Levine. House Bill 961 bans semiautomatic firearms that are commonly used for self-defense, recreational and competitive shooting, and hunting, as well as magazines and suppressors. House Bill 961 will now go to the Virginia Senate where it will likely be referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  

House Bill 961 bans the sale, manufacture, import, transfer, or purchase of an “assault firearm” as defined in the bill to include many commonly owned semiautomatic rifle, handguns, and shotguns; bans the possession, sale, transfer, manufacture, transfer, or purchase of magazines or other ammunition feeding devices that can accept more than 12 rounds; and bans the import, sale, manufacture, transport, transfer, and purchase of firearm suppressors. The bill allows those who own an “assault firearm” to maintain possession after January 1, 2021, but does not allow lawful owners of “large capacity” magazines to retain ownership.
 
House Bill 961 will now be transmitted to the Virginia Senate where it is likely to be referred to the Judiciary Committee. Please begin calling these target members of the Senate Judiciary Committee listed below and urging their “NO” vote when House Bill 961 comes before the Judiciary Committee.
 
Senator John S. Edwards, Chair 
(804) 698-7521
 
Senator Creigh Deeds
(804) 698-7525
 
Senator Chap Petersen
(804) 698-7534


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