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Virginia's Special Session on Guns Expected to Be Contentious

Virginia lawmakers are set to assemble Tuesday for what will likely be a contentious special legislative session on gun laws

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    Va. Gov. Calls for Special Legislative Session on Guns

    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam called a special legislative session on gun violence following the Virginia Beach mass-shooting. Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports with the General Assembly election just five months away, critics say the move threatens to inflame political tensions. (Published Tuesday, June 4, 2019)

    Virginia lawmakers are set to assemble Tuesday for what will likely be a contentious legislative session on gun laws.

    Gov. Ralph Northam called the special session last month shortly after a Virginia Beach city employee opened fire on his coworkers at a municipal building on May 31 and killed twelve people.

    Northam is a Democrat faced with a gun-friendly, Republican-controlled General Assembly. He is urging action on a several gun-control measures. He said lawmakers owe the victims of gun violence "votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers."

    Republicans have criticized the governor as an opportunist trying to exploit a tragedy for political gain. They've indicated they plan to push legislation implementing new mandatory minimum penalties for repeat domestic abusers, which Northam has said he won't sign.

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