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Supporters of the legislation were willing to accept Mr. Deeds‘ substitute, although they viewed it as weaker than the original sponsored by Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, Richmond Democrat, but gun-rights advocates still opposed it.

“I don’t think these changes are effectively moving us toward a middle ground,” Mr. Partridge told the committee.

After the panel rejected the bill, Mr. Marsh was the only member who opposed sending it to the Crime Commission. “I fear it’s a burying ground,” he said.

Senators who serve on the commission disagreed and pledged to come back with a recommendation before the legislative session next year.

“It will not languish there,” said Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr., James City Republican, who voted against the bill. “We recognize the public concern.”