CROZET, Va. (WVIR) - A central Virginia gun control advocacy group is calling for stricter safety measures in the wake of the tragedy in Virginia Beach. On Saturday, the Crozet chapter of Moms Demand Action hosted its ‘Safe Summer Kickoff’ where lawmakers and first responders discussed how to protect against gun violence.

"Now is the time to prevent future tragedies,” said 25th District State Senator Creigh Deeds.

On Saturday, the group of activists teamed up with Albemarle County Police Department, Crozet Fire Department, and rescue squad to share gun safety tips.

"The most important thing about gun safety, especially if you're a gun owner, is that you should lock up your guns. That means your guns should be stored securely, locked away, unloaded and separate from ammo,” said Leanne Fox, Crozet Moms Demand Action leader.

Deeds headlined the event calling on fellow lawmakers to take action.

"This is an issue that needs to be addressed at the federal level, it really does, but there are things we can do at the state that can be effective,” said Deeds. "We can take bullets that pierce armor and silencers and certain cartridge magazines that are high capacity. We can take them off the street."

Deeds said "enough is enough" and that Virginia should not have to fall victim to any more tragedies before progress gets made in Richmond.

"People say it's not time, you have to give these things more time. Well frankly we've given these things enough time,” said Deeds.

Governor Northam has called lawmakers back to Richmond for a special session on July 9. They are expected to discuss gun control safety measures that previously have not made it through the general assembly.