Virginia legislators have been under heavy fire for months after proposing legislation that would essentially make all “assault rifles” illegal in the state.
However, according to the Washington Examiner, the legislation banning these “assault” firearms — which was one of five different gun-control measures — was removed from the docket entirely on Monday, with the four far-less intrusive gun control laws to head to the next step in the legislative process.
Despite these milder gun control measures being passed, the “most egregious” one — which may have ultimately required door-to-door enforcement by National Guard — won’t be passed.
It’s a trade that the NRA is willing to take, though they promise to “work with lawmakers” and keep fighting for the Second Amendment.
“Regrettably, Virginia lawmakers approved a series of measures today that will make it harder for law-abiding Virginians to protect themselves, while doing nothing to stop criminals,” said NRA spokesperson Catherine Mortensen.
“We are pleased one of the most egregious gun confiscation bills was pulled from consideration. The NRA will continue our work with lawmakers to find solutions that address the root cause of violent crime, rather than punishing honest, hardworking Virginians,” they concluded.
The controversial Senate Bill 16 was originally proposed by Democratic Sen. Dick Saslaw and it was slated to prohibit “any person from importing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, possessing, or transporting an assault firearms.”
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