On Wednesday, May 30, State Representative Cedric Richmond (D-101) asked the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee for a voluntary deferment on his bill. His legislation, House Bill 869, would establish far-reaching restrictions on semi-automatic firearms (dubbing them "assault weapons") and ammunition magazines. This means that the committee did not consider the bill, and as it stands now, HB 869 is not on the June 5 committee agenda. However, the sponsor could request that it be set for a hearing at a future point in time. The Legislature adjourns on Thursday, June 28.
HB 869 would target every firearm modified to conform with the now-extinct Clinton Gun-Ban plus many other semi-automatic firearms that have no lineage to those rifles or any military-style orientation whatsoever. It would also require current owners of such firearms to register their firearms with the State Police, obtain and renew a license annually to keep them, restrict how and where they may be used or transported, and allow the State Police to inspect private homes for compliance.
NRA-ILA will continue to monitor the committee's future agendas and will alert you if, indeed, the bill gets set again for a hearing.
Also on Wednesday, the committee voted down HB 461 by State Representative Rick Gallot (D-11), which would ban the possession of firearms by students and non-students in college and university dormitories.