Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is expected to push for gun control after last week’s Democratic victories in the Virginia General Assembly.
Earlier in the year, Northam’s gun-grabbing hopes were dashed by the Republican-controlled state legislature which never voted on such legislation after he called for a special session back in July.
“They want us to finally pass commonsense gun safety legislation, so no one has to fear being hurt or killed while at school, at work, or at their place of worship,” Northam stated shortly after the election results. “I look forward to working with our new Democratic majority to make these priorities a reality.”
The legislature is expected to take on several agenda items, which includes banning so-called “assault-style rifles”, high-capacity magazines, and raising the minimum age to 21 from 18 to buy a rifle or shotgun, according to Democratic Senator Dick Saslaw.
Since the Virginia Beach municipal center shooting, Democrats in Virginia have been giddy about passing gun control.
With solid control of the Virginia legislature, they may get their wish. Northam’s past blackface photo and Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax’s sexual assault allegations did not faze any voters during the recent elections.
It appears that gun control is in vogue with Virginia voters, and with the state’s changing demographics, it’s likely that gun control will become a reality in the near future.