Recent shootings renew gun control debate between Virginia lawmakers

Recent shootings renew gun control debate between Virginia lawmakers

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — There have been two mass shootings within a week of each other. Last Tuesday, eight people were killed in Atlanta, Georgia, and on Monday, 10 were killed in Boulder, Colorado. Virginia legislators are split on whether or not tighter gun control laws could have prevented them. "The number of mass shootings has got to stop," said Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. A year ago, the Virginia General Assembly passed a number of gun control bills. Now, criminal backgrounds checks are required for all gun sales, people can only buy one handgun a month, and judges can temporarily take guns from people who are deemed a threat, to name a few. "We, as a state, as a Commonwealth, support gun ownership, our Second Amendment rights," said Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-7th). "We want to ensure that firearms are also kept out of the hands of those who would do mass violence with them." However, an assault weapon ban didn’t pass in Virginia, which police say was the type of gun used in the Boulder shootings and numerous others across the county. "There is more we can do, and together we can make Virginia and our country a safer place," Herring said. Spanberger says at the federal level, the U.S. House has passed gun reforms that are awaiting action in the Senate, such as a bill requiring background checks for all gun sales, including at gun shows. Right now, there are only background checks at federally-licensed shops […]

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