After mass shootings, Virginia House Democrats to push gun control proposals

After mass shootings, Virginia House Democrats to push gun control proposals

Shyleana Sausedo-Day, from Portsmouth, Va., places flowers near the scene of a mass shooting at a Walmart, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Chesapeake, Va. A Walmart… Read More RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — In the wake of another mass shooting in Virginia , House Democrats say they will propose gun control measures next year. The Democratic caucus in the House of Delegates announced plans Wednesday to introduce bills for the next Virginia General Assembly session — which begins Jan. 11, 2023 — to prohibit the use of ghost guns and put restrictions on high-capacity magazines. The pledge from Virginia House Democrats comes after a mass shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake where police say a manager killed six people Tuesday night before taking his own life. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to every victim and their families. But thoughts and prayers without action are empty. Enough is enough,” the caucus said in a statement. “We can do better than just thoughts and prayers in Virginia.” The statement added that the caucus would support proposals that would put age limits on certain firearms and that would increase the gun industry’s accountability. Virginia House Democrats said they will also seek to empower “communities and community based organizations to deal with the crippling effects of poverty, our lack of mental health resources, and to create more youth engagement programs.” Gov. Glenn Youngkin addressed the shooting in Chesapeake, telling reporters Wednesday that he wants to increase Virginia’s mental health resources. A spokesperson for […]

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