GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2019

Taking cues from other states and cities that have implemented them, Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, wants Virginia to establish more programs that encourage people to leave violent lifestyles in order to curb shooting deaths.Weeks after the General Assembly abruptly adjourned a special session called to address gun violence after...
After twin mass shootings left at least 30 dead in 24 hours, President Donald Trump disappointed gun safety activists by focusing his response on “the perils of the internet and social media.” But over the course of remarks Tuesday morning, he did renew his administration’s calls for so-called red flag...
Capitol Police apologized after an officer physically compelled a 16-year-old student to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance in the Senate gallery during last week’s short-lived special session on gun legislation.Monica Hutchinson, a Henrico resident, said her son, Jae, was at the Capitol on a trip with 42 members...
Before the short special session on gun control earlier this week, hundreds of gun rights advocates poured into the city block around the capitol and legislative building. They wore shirts and hats with the National Rifle Association’s logo and sported bright orange “Guns Save Lives” stickers. Some showed up with...
After Republicans voted to adjourn Tuesday’s special session on gun legislation less than two hours after it began, they compared their plan to send bills to the State Crime Commission for study to the approach then Gov. Tim Kaine took following the 2007 killings at Virginia Tech.Kaine said Wednesday...
On one side of Bank Street, the chant was "Floor votes now." On the other, a parody version: "More guns now."For most of the late morning Tuesday, the divide over gun regulation at Virginia's Capitol was literal and physical.Nothing that happened later in the day bridged the chasm.Republicans voted...
Huge crowds of advocates on both sides of the gun debate crammed into the Capitol on Tuesday, one heavily armed with rifles and pistols and the other wearing red T-shirts and ready with a string of chants. Both left surprised when a special session to take up gun legislation following the mass...
Back at my first full-time newspaper job, I wrote a story about a citizen's police academy program, the kind that's common in communities around the country and is intended to give regular people a better understanding of police training and procedures.Part of it involved a shooting simulator, an attempt...
Virginia Beach Republican Del. Glenn Davis will carry legislation that would allow municipalities to ban guns in local government buildings, with some caveats.Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, went further, introducing a bill that would prohibit guns and other weapons "in any building owned or used by a...
Virginia lawmakers return Tuesday, July 9, for a special session to consider gun control laws. Here's what to expect from Democrats and Republicans.