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Virginia Lawmaker Brandishes AK-47 on House Floor

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A Virginia state lawmaker brandished an AK-47 on the floor of the state House of Delegates on Thursday.

Virginia Del. Joe Morrissey, a Democrat hailing from the Richmond area, showed off the weapon while pushing for tighter gun-control laws, The Washington Examiner reported.

“A lot of people don’t know that in many locations in the commonwealth, you can take this gun, you can walk in the middle of Main Street loaded and not be in violation of the law,” Morrissey said on the floor, according to the Examiner, assuring other lawmakers that the gun was not loaded.

A subcommittee voted Thursday night to kill a bill Morrissey introduced that would have tightened gun controls in the state, The Roanoke Times reported.  That bill would have banned the sale of so-called assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

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