The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Monday to hit pause on the House bill that would ban the sales of some semiautomatic firearms and ban the possession of magazines with more than 12 rounds and some firearm accessories.
With four moderate Democrats joining Republicans, the committee voted to defer a vote until 2021 and asked the state crime commission to study the issue.
The bill's temporary defeat is a blow to Northam's and Democrats' policy agenda, which has featured a slew of liberal measures passing both legislative houses, including other gun control regulations.
"While the governor is disappointed in today's vote, he fully expects the Crime Commission to give this measure the detailed review that senators called for. We will be back next year," Northam's spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said.