Virginia Democrats defeat Republican proposal to loosen state gun laws

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Democrats in the Virginia Assembly defeated 12 Republican-sponsored measures aimed at loosening gun laws in the state, a day after tens of thousands of pro-gun activists marched on the capitol in Richmond.

One of the bills in the tranche of measures considered by a legislative subcommittee would have enabled Virginia residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit legally. Open carry without a permit in Virginia is currently legal, but concealed carry in the state requires a permit. The bill was tabled 6-2.

Another tabled piece of legislation would make it legal to carry in places of worship by repealing a current statue.

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