The House shot the bill down Thursday night. He knew he was in for an uphill battle.
The delegate introduced legislation to ban the sale, transfer, import or barter of assault rifles and magazines holding 20 or more rounds.
Morrissey says his proposal would have prohibited gun enthusiasts from buying or selling assault weapons at gun shows.
Morrissey's ban would not have applied to police officers and would not ban hand guns.
The delegate says assault weapons do not belong on Virginia's streets. He says the only place they should be found is a battlefield.