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Virginia Delegate Brings AK-47 To State House Floor

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The gun control debate became personal on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates Thursday. Henrico Delegate and Democrat Joe Morrissey wanted to make a point about the gun debate and he chose to do it by holding up an AK-47 on the assembly floor.

"So I brought an AK-47 with me," Morrissey said. "Here's the AK-47, pointed at the ceiling, unloaded." Members in the chamber were audibly shocked at the presence of the weapon.

Virginia House Republicans have resisted efforts to ban assault weapons and high-capacity clips as well as block any attempt to close the gun show loophole.

Earlier in the session, the Assembly viewed a secretly recorded video showing an elected official purchasing a firearm without a background check. 

Republican Delegate Jackson Miller said he was in the market for an AK-47.

"And I wouldn't mind if he secretly videotaped the transaction, Mr. Speaker. Thank you," Miller said.


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