Governor Northam Renews Push for Gun Control Legislation
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Gun violence is a top concern for Governor Ralph Northam.
He is once again pushing for gun control legislation after 31 people were killed in two shootings over the weekend. It comes just one month after a special session on the topic yielded few results.
While visiting the Department of Forestry in Charlottesville Monday, Northam said it's up to lawmakers and Virginians to step up and fight for better laws.
On July 9, a special session was held in Richmond to take up gun control measures, but failed to move the conversation forward. It came in the wake of the May shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building, which took 12 lives.
Instead of passing any legislation, lawmakers directed the State Crime Commission to conduct a systematic review of the proposed bills.
"I know what happens when children pick up loaded firearms, I know what happens when we don't have background checks, so a lot of these were introduced by me during the special session, they are common sense pieces of legislation,” said Northam.
A reconvened General Assembly session will be held on November 18 to take up the crime commission's findings.
Northam says it is essential for Virginians to vote in the election on November 5 to make their voices heard.