Virginia General Assembly cancels proceedings ahead of storm

(AP) – The latest on the General Assembly’s session in Richmond (all times local):

2:50 p.m.
    
The Virginia General Assembly is taking Friday off to avoid the upcoming winter storm.
    
Both the Senate and House canceled committee hearings and floor sessions for Friday.
    
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has issued a state of emergency for the storm.
    
Heavy snow is projected around the state, including up to 2 feet of snow in some places.
    
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10:50 a.m.
    
A Republican lawmaker wants to make it easier for domestic violence to obtain guns for protection.
    
Del. Todd Gilbert unveiled a proposal at the Capitol Thursday that would allow a person who is protected under a protective order to carry a concealed handgun without a permit for 45 days.
    
Gilbert said the bill was aimed at helping women who are the victims of domestic violence be able to arm themselves without worrying about red tape.
    
Republicans are also proposing tougher penalties for those repeatedly convicted of domestic violence crimes.
    
Gilbert’s bill likely faces long odds, as Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has pledged to veto gun-rights bills…

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