A Virginia state Senate panel has defeated a Democratic push for stricter gun laws.
A Republican-led panel voted Monday to block legislation that would allow cities and counties to ban firearms at certain public events.
The bill came in response to a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last summer, where several participants were heavily armed. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe enacted similar rules on a temporary basis last November.
The panel also voted down a bill to expand mandatory background checks on gun buyers. The vote comes two days after newly sworn-in Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, pushed for universal background checks during his inaugural address.
Fights over a gun laws are a perennial issue in Virginia's General Assembly, with Republicans favoring less restrictions and Democrats favoring additional ones.
But this year's fight comes a few months after a Democratic wave powered by voter dislike of President Donald Trump that saw Northam easily win election and Republicans take heavy losses in the state House. The GOP maintains a slim majority in both chambers.
The legislation's defeat came just two days after Northam's inaugural address, where he exhorted lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws.
After the vote, he told a crowd of gun-control advocates who held a rally on Capitol Square that he was "just getting warmed up" and would continue to press the issue forcefully.
"Don't give up," Northam said. "Continue your hope."