Disgraced Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who Big League Politics exposed in either a KKK hood or blackface in a racist photo in his college yearbook, is calling a special session to address gun control in the wake of the Virginia Beach shooting.
Northam, who admitted he was in the racist photograph revealed in February, stated on Tuesday that he wants every state lawmaker to go on record for or against his gun control schemes during the special session that is set to take place this summer.
He prefers this method to the traditional way of having bills go through subcommittees where they will likely be killed.
Northam stated, “I ask that the members of the General Assembly engage in an open and transparent debate and that the bills brought before the legislature are put to a vote by the entire General Assembly.”
He added, “The nation will be watching.”
Northam told the Associated Press that he wants the Republican-controlled legislature to listen to public outcry for more gun control. One GOP lawmaker indicated on Monday that he’s open to debate, but doesn’t believe that Northam’s bills will pass.
This shooting witnessed Virginia Beach city employee DeWayne Craddock use two .45 handguns, which he acquired legally to kill 12 people. In other words, he had to pass a federal background check to acquire his firearms. Craddock was killed by police in a gun battle.
As far as gun control bills are concerned, Northam wants universal gun registration, limits to one handgun purchase per month, and a “red flag” gun confiscation bill that would allow law enforcement to seize a person’s guns.
Republican control of the legislature will make it difficult for Virginia to pass gun control.
However, the 2019 elections will likely be centered on gun control, which will put Republicans to the test on the issue.
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