Virginia is now election battleground in fight over gun laws

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is now a key election battleground in the long-running fight over gun laws.

Interest groups and activists on both sides are gearing up for a major clash after Republicans on Tuesday adjourned a special legislative session that had been called by the governor to consider gun-control measures in the wake of a mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

Virginia is the only state where control of the Legislature is up for grabs this year. The GOP currently holds a narrow majority.

Republican lawmakers abruptly ended the session after less than two hours and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election. Democrats and gun-control advocates vowed to force them from office.

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