January 17, 2014 – The House of Delegates panel widely known as the graveyard of gun-control bills consigned a slew of them to oblivion Thursday.
The Republican-controlled subcommittee of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee tabled a series of gun-control measures, meaning they are unlikely to be revived.
The hours-long session delighted pro-gun forces, arrayed on one side of the room wearing “Guns Save Lives” stickers, and infuriated gun-control advocates on the opposite side wearing “Background Checks Save Lives” stickers.
Rejected by the panel were these measures, all proposed by Democrats:
— HB812, to required universal criminal background checks for firearm purchases.
— HB535, to extend background checks to all sales at gun shows, including those by private sellers.
— HB823, to authorize voluntary background checks at gun shows by private sellers who request them.
— HB809, to limit high-capacity ammunition magazines to 20 rounds.
— HB695, to stiffen training requirements for those seeking concealed-handgun permits.
— HB992, to allow localities to ban guns from public libraries.