In the News: Virginia House subcommittee votes down gun control bills

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BY MARKUS SCHMIDT Richmond Times-Dispatch
January 20, 2014



Among them was a proposal that would have prohibited the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines.

“You don’t need a 100-round high-capacity magazine to kill a deer,” said Del. Alfonso H. Lopez, D-Arlington, who sponsored House Bill 809. Lopez said his measure was designed to prevent mass shootings like the one in Aurora, Colo., in 2012. The bill was defeated 4-1.

Another Lopez measure that failed to advance in the same committee was House Bill 812, which would have mandated background checks for any firearm transfers. It also would have required state police to establish a process for sellers to obtain such a check from licensed firearm dealers.



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