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Assault Weapons Ban Dies in Virginia Senate Committee

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There will be no ban on assault weapons coming out of the Virginia legislature this year despite the Democratic victories in the last state election.

The bill died in a state Senate committee that would have banned the assault-style weapons as well as possession of high capacity magazines.

The Washington Postreports that this had been a top priority for Democratic Governor Ralph Northam.

He is a former Army doctor who saw the impact of such styled weapons during his tour in Operation Desert Storm.

The ban was part of an eight bill package that comes after the deaths of 12 people in a mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.