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Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam suffers embarrassing loss as assault weapons ban is rejected in Virginia

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A huge win for the Second Amendment

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Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's all-in push to ban the sale of assault weapons was rejected in the state's Senate after moderate Democrats joined Republican colleagues to sink the initiative Monday.

Cheers erupted in the committee room packed with gun supporters as senators voted to put the bill on hold for a year so that the state's crime commission could study the issue, the Associated Press reported.

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