The sale, transportation, transferring, manufacturing, purchasing, or possessing of an assault firearm would be prohibited according to the bill. Anyone involved in these acts would be charged with a Class 6 felony.

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A Very Close Vote

Sponsored by Delegate Mark Levine, a Democrat, House Bill 961 passed with a 51-48 vote on Tuesday afternoon.

The House Bill’s final version features several amendments, including the definition of an assault firearm. The final draft defines the weapon as, “A semi-automatic center-fire rifle that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material with a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 12 rounds.”

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There Are Even More Firearm Related Products it Bans

The bill also states it will become illegal for anyone to import, sell, transfer, manufacture or purchase a silencer, which could also results in a Class 6 Felony. Trigger activators would also be such a felony.

The assault weapons bill that cleared the House Tuesday had already passed a House subcommittee last week.

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