A VA House Committee passed the controversial “assault weapons” ban bill pushing it to the full House. The ban targets AR-15 style weapons, silencers, as well as limiting the magazine capacity. Any firearm that holds more than 13 rounds automatically becomes an “assault weapon.” A similar bill failed the Senate and many anticipate the outcome of this bill despite the Democrats’ confidence in the bill clearing the floor.
The bill is the most ambitious gun control legislation that the Democrats focus on passing during this legislative session. After passing the bill, protests erupted in the building prompting the police to clear the crowd. Virginia Residents have constantly protested the overzealous Democratic legislature that is determined to pass the gun control laws regardless of the public opinion. Most gun owners have vowed not to comply while most localities have declared second amendment sanctuaries.
Opponents of the bill indicate that the measure would not improve the security situation in the state but would turn law-abiding gun owners into felons overnight. Some moderate Democrats have picked holes in the bill and it is likely that some may vote against it. One of governor Northam’s gun control Bill 541 failed at the committee stage after some Democrats joined the republicans in voting against the bill.
The Democrats won the majority in VA chambers for the first time in over a quarter-century after a massive spending spree by gun control lobbies including Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety that spent millions of dollars in both the governor’s and Democratic candidates’ campaign. Many perceive governor Northam as Michael Bloomberg’s mouthpiece and rubber stamp. The Democrats have persistently claimed that they are only interested in passing “common sense” gun controls despite blocking input from their Republican counterparts and the public.
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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