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Del. Joe Morrissey, D-Henrico, held up an assault-style rifle Thursday as he spoke for more control on such weapons at the State Capitol.

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, D-Henrico, this morning held an assault-style weapon on the floor of the House of Delegates.

A House Militia and Police subcommittee this afternoon takes up a host of gun bills, including Morrissey's bill to ban sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Also on the agenda is a bill sponsored by Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, that would allow certain trained school officials to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.

Lawmakers are considering a host of bills in response to the Dec. 14 shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. that left 26 people dead, including 20 children.

Before this afternoon's meeting Morrissey will hold a news conference to showcase showcase various assault-style weapons that he wants to ban.

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