RICHMOND, Va. — Some top Virginia Democrats are expressing reservations about plans to ban assault weapons. That’s a key part of Gov. Ralph Northam’s gun-control proposals and one that’s drawn fierce resistance from gun-rights advocates.
Sen. John Edwards said he supports a ban under the right circumstances but the issue is more complicated than people realize and passing a ban will be difficult.
The Senate Judiciary Committee moved quickly Monday to advance several pieces of gun legislation that a Republican majority has blocked for years.
The proposals include universal background checks.
The committee did not debate an assault weapons ban.