Governor Calls on Legislature for Gun Reforms After Virginia Beach Shooting

Governor Calls on Legislature for Gun Reforms After Virginia Beach Shooting

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By Rebecca Heilweil Kris Brown, the president of the gun reform advocacy group Brady, says that an upcoming special legislative session focusing on gun control in Virginia ー called by the state’s governor following the fatal shooting of 12 people at a public works building in Virginia Beach last Friday ー is necessary and vital. “I think the governor is very rightly saying votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers,” she said. Among the gun reform policies sought by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam are a ban on high-capacity magazines and a ban on silencers, both of which were used by the Virginia Beach shooter. The governor is also calling for the expansion of background checks. “Right now, in the state of Virginia, if you’re a private gun seller, you don’t technically have to engage in a background check,” explained Brown. But it’s not clear whether pro-gun legislators who have previously avoided voting on, or have voted down, previous gun reform measures can be swayed. “We have an opportunity in Virginia this November to elect a gun violence prevention majority, so we can deliver these huge and important policy changes that are required,” said Brown. Exit polling during the 2017 governor’s race that ultimately elected Northam revealed that voters saw guns as their second-most important issue. Brady, ( formerly called the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence) , has previously given Northam an A+ rating on gun reform. In the United States, more than 6,000 people have died, and more […]

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