Virginia Senate strikes down ‘assault weapons’ ban bill; won’t revisit for a year

Virginia’s state senate has voted down an effort to institute an “assault weapons” ban across the state.

The ban would have prohibited the sale of certain semi automatic firearms, including popular rifles like the AR-15, and banned the ownership of magazines that can hold more than 12 rounds. While Democrats hold a narrow majority in Virginia’s senate, four moderate Democrats joined Republicans in opposition to the controversial gun bill, according to the Associated Press.

Senators voted to put off the issue for 2020 and instead defer to Virginia’s State Crime Commission to further study the issue.

*story by American Military News