Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol this summer to take up a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers.” Northam also said he wants every lawmaker to go on record for or against his proposals during the special session, rather than avoid tough votes by quietly killing the bills in subcommittee.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine says he supports Gov. Ralph Northam’s call for tougher gun laws. Kaine said he believes most Virginians support universal background checks and restrictions on high capacity magazines. While he said the legislation proposed by Northam “won’t fix all violence,” Kaine said the package “will show that we are tired of inaction… and that we are ready to act.”