Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday he is recalling Virginia lawmakers for a special summer session to reconsider gun control measures.
He told reporters the legislation is necessary to prevent shootings like the May 31 Virginia Beach tragedy where the gunman, allegedly a disgruntled city worker, killed 12 co-workers before police fatally shot him. (RELATED: 13 Killed Including Suspected Gunman In Virginia Beach Municipal Center: Police)
“It is wrong, it is outrageous, it is unforgivable to turn our municipal centers, our schools, our churches and synagogues and mosques, into battlefields. No one should go to work, to school, or to church wondering if they will come home.”
I will summon the members of the Senate and the House of Delegates to meet in Special Session for the purpose of passing common sense public safety laws. I will be asking for votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) June 4, 2019
- Universal background checks
- A ban on assault weapons, to include suppressors and bump stocks
- An extreme risk protective order
- Reinstating the one-gun-a-month law
- Child access prevention
- Requiring people to report lost and stolen firearms
- Expanding local authority to regulate firearms, including in government buildings
Republican GOP Speaker Kirk Cox said the governor’s action was “hasty and suspect when considered against the backdrop of the last few months.”
“We believe addressing gun violence starts with holding criminals accountable for their actions, not infringing on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” Cox told The Associated Press.
This is the governor’s first leadership test since weathering the media frenzy and bipartisan resignation demands stemming from a photo that surfaced from Northam’s medical school yearbook page showing one man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan uniform, and another in blackface.
The medical school said it could not conclusively determine the identity of the people in the photo, according to CBS News.
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