The Latest: Sen. Kaine applauds governor’s gun-control call

The Latest: Sen. Kaine applauds governor's gun-control call

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Latest on plans by Virginia’s governor to call a special legislative session on gun control (all times local): Noon: Sen. Tim Kaine is applauding Gov. Ralph Northam’s call for a special legislative session to change Virginia’s gun laws. The Democrat from Virginia says "it’s painfully clear from the horrific shooting in Virginia Beach and the daily scourge of gun violence in communities across the Commonwealth that Virginia must pass commonsense gun safety reforms." Kaine’s statement recalls that when he was governor, lawmakers acted after a shooting massacre at Virginia Tech to fix a flaw in the background check system. But Republicans blocked other gun restrictions, and Kaine says "there’s a lot of unfinished business to make our communities safer." Says Kaine, "we need more than thoughts and prayers; we need action." ——— 11:50 a.m. Virginia’s Republican House speaker is calling the Democratic governor’s call for a special session on gun control "hasty and suspect" in the wake of Friday’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach, and he says it’s "more likely to inflame political tensions" than produce real changes that keep people safe. Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing a series of violence prevention measures. In response, Speaker Kirk Cox says the GOP will seek tougher punishments for people who commit acts of violence. Cox’s statement says "Republicans will put forward a package of legislation to stiffen penalties for those who use firearms to commit crimes." He says addressing gun violence "starts with holding criminals […]

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