Richmond, VA—Delegate Joseph Morrissey announced Wednesday his plan to introduce a bill to ban assault-style weapons in the 2013 General Assembly Session.
Delegate Morrissey says the "time to act is now," in reference to gun control measures. In his announcement, he also noted that other states, including New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and California, all have bans on assault-style/semi-automatic weapons.
"The Federal Assault Weapons Ban (FAWB), expired on September 13, 2004. Despite multiple attempts to renew such bans, no federal bill to restore the ban has reached the Floor of the United States Senate or House of Representatives," said Morrissey, noting the 'glacier-like' movement of the United States Congress, Morrissey stated: "Virginia should not wait for Congress to act. Virginia needs to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines during the 2013 General Assembly session!"
Delegate Morrissey's proposed ban would also include large capacity magazines.
Finally, Morrissey was highly critical of Governor McDonnell's proposal that "a reasonable discussion needs to be had about allowing school officials to be armed inside public schools." "That's ridiculous," said Morrissey, "the answer is not to arm our administrators and teachers, but rather, ban these hideous weapons."
Highly critical of Governor McDonnell's proposal that "a reasonable discussion needs to be had about allowing school officials to be armed inside public schools," Del. Morrissey said giving guns to educators is not the right solution. "The answer is not to arm our administrators and teachers, but rather, ban these hideous weapons."
Morrissey intends to introduce this legislation on the first day of the 2013 General Assembly Session, on January 9, 2013.
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