01/17/2013 05:43 pm ET

Joseph Morrissey Brings AK-47 To Virginia House Of Delegates Chamber

Virginia Del. Joseph Morrissey (D) brought an AK-47 into the Virginia House of Delegates chamber Thursday morning, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Morrissey displayed the gun while presenting a bill before the Virginia House Militia and Police subcommittee to ban sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Morrissey proposed his bill in response to the Sandy Hook school shooting in December.

A photo of Morrissey was tweeted by WAMU's Michael Pope:

Morrissey's bill follows President Barack Obama's monumental gun control announcement this week.

The Huffington Post's Sam Stein and John Rudolf reported earlier on Obama's proposals:

Because these recommendations require congressional approval, the administration is supplementing its proposal with 23 executive actions that will be taken immediately. Those actions include requiring federal agencies to hand over relevant data for a background check system; providing law enforcement officials, first responders and school officials with better training for active shooting situations; directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence; and many more.