RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers on both sides of the gun debate say they will introduce proposals in the aftermath of the deadly Connecticut elementary school shooting.
Democratic Del. Joseph Morrissey said Wednesday he would introduce a bill to ban the sale of both assault-style weapons and large capacity magazines. A federal assault weapons ban expired in 2004, but several states have laws prohibiting them.
Meanwhile, Republican Del. Bob Marshall says he is drafting legislation to allow school personnel trained in firearms use to bring guns to school. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he would support allowing teachers and other employees to bring weapons into schools if it would protect students.
Sen. Dave Marsden says he will introduce two bills to make it more difficult for criminals or the mentally ill to obtain firearms. One would make gun owners civilly liable if their firearms are used in the commission of a crime and they failed to take adequate steps to prevent it. Another would set a $250 penalty for failing to report the theft of a gun.
Anti-gun measures have traditionally failed in the Virginia General Assembly.
President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to push measures to reduce gun violence. He will reveal those proposals next month.
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