Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal.
Police are scouring the internet for clues about plans for mayhem, workers are putting up chain link holding pens around Virginia’s Capitol Square, and one lawmaker even plans to hide in a safe house in advance of what’s expected to be an unprecedented show of force by gun-rights activists.
No discussion by the full commission preceded the vote, and no one spoke on the issue during public comment.
Effective Feb. 1, Virginia will no longer recognize concealed handgun permits from 25 states whose qualifications do not meet Virginia’s safety standards — including Tennessee.