Gun bills more likely to become ads than law in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers appear unlikely to pass any notable new laws related to guns this year.
Republicans who control the General Assembly have dispatched many gun-control bills backed by Democrats, including Gov. Ralph Northam.
The governor has made clear he’ll block gun-rights legislation supported by Republicans.
Democrats are pushing for a so-called “red flag” measure to take away guns temporarily from people who are considered dangerous. A number of other states have passed similar measures since a mass shooting at a Florida high school last year.
Republicans back a bill that would make it easier to carry guns in a place of worship, among other bills.
Compromise on gun legislation is rare in Virginia.
Both parties are likely to focus on gun issues during Virginia’ legislative elections later this year.