Governor Ralph Northam’s coveted gun/magazine/suppressor ban will be voted on in the House of Delegates Tuesday the 11th, Cam Edwards has the break down
After narrowly passing out of a House committee last Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam’s gun bill is on track for a final vote by the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday. If approved, HB961 would then head over to the state Senate, where four Democrat senators have already spoken in opposition to the bill as introduced.
I’m really pleased that David Adams, legislative affairs director for the Virginia Shooting Sports Association was able to join me on today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co. to talk about the latest language of the bill and its current prospects in both the House and Senate.
Adams believes there’ll be bipartisan opposition to the gun ban bill, which also bans the continued possession of all ammunition magazines that can hold more than 12-rounds, as well as banning the future sale and manufacturing of many semi-automatic long guns and AR-pistols and all suppressors. Whether there’s enough to defeat the bill in the House remains an open question.
According to Adams, as late as last Tuesday folks at the state capitol were hearing that HB961 didn’t have the votes and Democrats weren’t planning on bringing up the bill. Clearly something changed, and Adams believes it was intense lobbying by the governor’s office that ultimately led House Democrats to start moving on the bill.
Northam wants to sign something that he can call an “assault weapons” ban, even if the particulars get watered down in the process. The important thing is to get the ban on the books. Democrats will be in control of the legislature next year as well, and he can always push for them to “close loopholes” that “allow Virginians to continue to possess these battlefield weapons of war” in the 2021 session. That’s why, no matter how many times this bill is amended, the original intent of the governor cannot be forgotten. Originally the governor was backing SB16, which would have compelled Virginia gun owners to get rid of their so-called assault weapons along with any magazines capable of holding more than 10-rounds, all suppressors, and all “trigger activators” as well.
Northam is ready for a power grab, let us all pray that does not happen. Go to the link, have a listen, and be glad that several awful bills are DOA, at least for this year. But our liberty is still at stake