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VA governor calls for gun control laws

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Published on June 4, 2019 - Duration: 01:50s

VA governor calls for gun control laws

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on Tuesday called a special session of the state legislature to pass gun control laws following Friday's Virginia Beach massacre that left twelve people dead.

Colette Luke has more.

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VA governor calls for gun control laws

(SOUNDBITE) VIRGINIA GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM SAYING: "But we must do more than give our thoughts and prayers, we must give Virginian's the action they deserve…" Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is calling a special session of the state legislature to pass gun control laws following Friday's Virginia Beach massacre that left twelve people dead….

(SOUNDBITE) VIRGINIA GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM SAYING: "I will summon the members of the Senate and the House of Delegates to meet in special session to pass commonsense public safety laws." The date for the special session has not yet been announced, but Northam says he will propose bills that include a ban on assault-style rifles, mandatory reporting of lost and stolen guns and an expansion of local authority to regulate firearms. Last Friday, DeWayne Craddock, a Virginia Beach city engineer, shot dead 12 people at a municipal building in one of the deadliest workplace shootings in the United States… Craddock, used two handguns, purchased legally that he reloaded with extended ammunition magazines.

Police say there was also a silencer on one of the weapons.

He died after an extensive shootout with police.

Governor Northam has recently has been embroiled in a scandal involving a racist photograph from his 1984 yearbook, and has been keeping a relatively low profile as a result.

Friday's massacre has put him back under the spotlight...although similar calls for legislation from the Republican-controlled General Assembly have failed in the past.

(SOUNDBITE) VIRGINIA GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM SAYING: "We'll be asking for votes and laws and not thoughts and prayers…" Northam's call for a special session comes just a few months before November elections that could determine the balance of power in Virginia…

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