Speak Out: Assault rifle ban rejected in Va.

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.

Four moderate Democrats joined Republicans in Monday’s committee vote, rejecting legislation that would have prohibited the sale of certain semiautomatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and banned the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds.

The bill was a top priority for Northam, who has campaigned heavily for a broad package of gun-control measures. The governor’s spokeswoman, Alena Yarmosky, said he’s disappointed with the result but determined to continue to press for the measure.

•We reject it in Delaware too — Clint Brothers

•Thank god! — Robert Hawthorne

•We reject Senator Bryan Townsend and his so called assault weapons ban bill as well. — Mark Schmalhofer

•The Democratic Party is so anti-American. It’s why they have Trump as their president. — Ryan Fenimore

•So being a radical gun fetish is American? You so dumb. Own all the muskets you want we don’t care. — Dennis Norwood

•Using your logic I guess the 4th amendment doesn’t apply to you when you’re in a car, or apply to your cell phones or computers. — Cody Cogar

•Pick up constitution and read ,not communist manifesto — Michael Scott Fulcher

•If you don’t like guns….don’t buy one — Ryan Fenimore

•1 bill down a few more to go ~ the DEMOCRATS are finally coming to their senses ~ As I’ve many times that GUN RALLY had thousands of votes standing outside. — Bill Lawson

•Excellent news for those who love and respect the constitution. — Rob Holley

•Awesome Delaware rejects weapon ban as well — Guy Consagra

•About time they listen to citizens — Brady Allen

They read the Bill of Rights. — Lou Bialota