(ConservativePeak.com) – In news that might sound too good to be true, Democrats in Virginia have actually shelved plans to ban assault weapons.
The government of Virginia, which is controlled by Democratic lawmakers, rejected a proposed ban on assault weapons by Governor Ralph Northam, choosing instead to push the vote to next year.
Instead of passing the bill, a committee in the State Senate voted to push the vote to 2021 while the state crime commission performs a full investigation into the issue.
“Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal.
Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee room packed with gun advocates.”
The report also said that four moderate Democrats had made it happen by joining with Republicans in voting to reject the legislation. Had it gone ahead, some semiautomatic firearms, notably AR-15-style guns that are popular with enthusiasts, would have been banned from sale. It would have also banned the possession of magazines that contain more than 12 rounds.
Northam had made the bill a top priority after campaigning for several different legislative measures to restrict the Second Amendment.
A spokesperson for the governor told the Associated Press that he was disappointed with the decision but that he will continue fighting to achieve his legislative goals. “We will be back next year,” the spokesperson said.
A gun-rights supporter who was present at the committee hearing, David Majure, said that he was glad about the results, but added, “I don’t trust them.”
The decision will come as a surprise to many Second Amendment activists, who have watched as the Democratic majority in Virginia takes steps to restrict the freedoms that Republicans typically campaign for.
Is the 2019 elections, democrats in Virginia ran on a heavy anti-gun platform, promising to take action against gun rights. It seemed to work. The State Senate flipped from Republican to Democrat.
Moderate Democrats, potentially realizing that their extreme position won’t help them in the long run, have for weeks said that they are uncomfortable passing a piece of legislation that would have such a huge effect on so many people in Virginia. Almost 8 million AR-style in Virginia have been sold since they were introduced roughly 60 years ago.
That’s a lot of guns to take back, and not only do the Democrats have no plan in place to take back those guns, but they’d also face a huge backlash if they tried.