Democrat-sponsored gun bills sail through committee

(The Center Square) — Multiple Democrat-sponsored pieces of gun legislation aimed at strengthening firearm laws advanced in Virginia’s House of Delegates this week.

House bill 2 

A bill to watch this legislative session sponsored by Del. Dan Helmer, D-Fairfax, House bill 2 creates a class 1 misdemeanor for any person who imports, sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses, transports or transfers an assault firearm and prohibits anyone convicted of such violation from purchasing, possessing or transporting a firearm for three years from the date of conviction. 

Hotly debated, the bill passed 6-4 from the subcommittee and 11-9 from the committee along party lines. 

House bill 22

The legislation is sponsored by Del. Michael Jones, D-Richmond, and attempts to outlaw auto sears in the commonwealth and make any violation of the law punishable as a class 6 felony. An auto sear, also known as a switch on the streets, is a device that converts semiautomatic guns into
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