Friday, January 18, 2019

Senate Version of Northam Gun "Assault Firearm" Bill Introduced

The Senate version of Governor Northam's "assault firearm" ban bill was introduced yesterday.  Senator Ebbin's SB1748  prohibits any person to knowingly and intentionally possess or transport any assault firearm or to knowingly and intentionally carry about his person, hidden from common observation, an assault firearm.  The legislation redefines "assault firearm" as "any semi-automatic center-fire rifle or pistol that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material and is equipped at the time of the offense with a magazine that will hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition or designed by the manufacturer to accommodate a silencer or equipped with a folding stock."

Last night, the House, Militia, Police, and Public Safety defeated the Delegate Tran's version of Governor Northam's gun ban bill.


Unknown said...

What does mean, exactly?

VSSA said...

I am guessing you are asking about the term "assault firearm"? That is the term currently used in the Code of Virginia to describe a certain type of firearm. Rather than do what Congress did in 1993 and list specific firearms to ban things like certain models of AR-15s etc., Northam simply expanded the current definition used in the Code and in turn, ends up capturing almost every firearm that is currently sold in Virginia.