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Tue Jul 9, 2019, 03:39 PM

GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns gun session

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Source: Associated Press

GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns gun session

By ALAN SUDERMAN and SARAH RANKIN
July 9, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam summoned the Republican-led Legislature to the Capitol to address gun violence in the wake of the May 31 attack that killed a dozen people in Virginia Beach. He put forward a package of eight gun-control measures and called for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers” in response to the massacre.

But not a single vote was cast on the legislation. Republican leaders said the session was premature and political motivated. They assigned the state’s bipartisan crime commission to study policy proposals that might have prevented the shooting.

In response, angry Democrats said Republicans were beholden to gun manufactures and afraid of passing commonsense laws they know will save lives.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/e9c53a50baac4f9eaf04034feecf7259

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