Northam sets July 9 for special session to consider gun control legislation

Northam sets July 9 for special session to consider gun control legislation

Gun Rights

RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) has set July 9 as the date for a special session of the General Assembly to take up gun control legislation. Northam announced on Tuesday that he would call lawmakers back to Richmond following last week’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach, in which a city employee killed 12 people and injured four more in a municipal building. [ Gov. Northam will convene special session of the General Assembly to take up gun control ] The shooter, who was killed in a shootout with police, was found carrying two legally purchased 45-caliber handguns. He also had a silencer mechanism and extended-capacity ammunition magazines. In calling the session, Northam criticized Republicans who control the General Assembly for repeatedly killing gun control measures in small committees without letting them get to the full legislature for votes. He said his office will work with lawmakers to introduce measures that would require universal background checks; bans on assault weapons, silencers and devices to make guns fire faster and requirements that residents report lost or stolen firearms to police. He also favors a “red flag” law that would enable authorities to seize weapons from anyone deemed to be a threat to themselves or others, as well as reinstating the state’s limit on purchasing handguns to one per month, a law that was repealed by Republicans in 2012. Northam is also calling for measures to prevent children from getting access to guns and expanding the authority of localities to […]

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