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Northam To Convene Special Session to Pass HB961 Assault Weapons Ban and Other Anti-2A measures

Virginia House Bill 961 was defeated and postponed to the 2021 legislative session early this year. However, Northam intends to hold a special General Assembly session to fast track several anti-Second Amendment measures, including the "assault weapon." HB 961 intended to ban "assault weapons," magazines that can hold more than ten rounds, and suppressors.

Under Virginia law, the General Assembly should meet on the sixth Wednesday after adjournment. Northam intends to use the session to advance his anti-gun agenda as well as discuss police reforms, with the talk of defunding the police.

Other measures to be discussed by the Virginia General Assembly special session include repealing reciprocity with other 25 states, restrictions on indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, and ban open carry in vehicles. The special session will also discuss imposing a 10% tax on guns and ammunition.

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New measures will also require proof of training to purchase a firearm. People convicted of various misdemeanors, including a new category of "hate crimes" will also lose their second amendment rights. Carrying guns in the state or local government buildings, Capitol Square, and the General Assembly will also be illegal.

Gun stores will also be prohibited from employing people who are prohibited from owning firearms in any position, including janitors. This information was revealed by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, which is tracking various anti-gun measures simmering in the Virginia Commonwealth.

The 2019-2020 legislative session witnessed Democrats in Richmond pass various anti-second amendment measures under the "Governor's Package." Northan signed the last pieces of legislation in April, which included House Bill 421 that would allow localities to pass stricter firearm laws than the state.

HB421 would weaken preemption laws creating a labyrinth of gun laws that are difficult to fulfill. Such measures would cause law-abiding residents to become felons just by crossing a city boundary. Various localities such as Alexandria have already taken advantage of this law to ban firearms in public places.


Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.

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