Virginia House Passes Assault Weapons Ban [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports:

A highly-contested bill that would make it a crime to own an assault weapon in Virginia passed the House of Delegates on Tuesday by a slim margin. House Bill 961 made it past the House with a vote of 51-48.

The bill expands the definition of an assault weapon and bans anyone from possessing, purchasing or selling certain semi-automatic firearms, including AR-15 style rifles. Large-capacity firearm magazines, silencers and trigger activators would also be prohibited.

The bill also states that ownership can be retained if you have a permit from the Department of State Police allowing you to possess an assault weapon.