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Gun Control Focus Of VA Legislature Special Session: Northam - Source Patch

Posted on Jun 05,2019
Filed Under Down In Richmond , Politics,

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, attends a vigil June 1 in response to the Virginia Beach mass shooting. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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By Deb Belt

RICHMOND, VA — Pushing back against critics who say it's too soon to contemplate gun control laws after the May 31 mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center that killed 12 people and injured several others, Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday morning that he will call a special session of the Virginia legislature. His goal is to enact what he called "common sense public safety laws" this summer.

In the previous legislative session Northam sought tougher penalties for anyone who leaves a loaded gun around a child, and harsher penalties for failing to report a stolen gun within 24 hours, but they failed, along with other gun control measures. Northam said none of the proposals are radical or violate the Second Amendment.

"This weekend's tragedy … just instills in us an urgency to act," he said at the June 4 press conference.

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