Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is announcing a series of public talks his administration will host in the run up to a July 9 special session on gun laws. Northam's office said Thursday that Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey are hosting the roundtable discussions around the state. U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine will join some of the events. Northam announced the special session after a May 31 mass shooting in Virginia Beach. He wants the Republican-led General Assembly to consider several gun control measures. But Republicans have given little indication they plan to follow his agenda. Instead, they've said they'll propose tougher
Following attention from prominent Democrats, and an announcement that gun control groups had donated over $100,000 to fighting the effort to recall Rep. Tom Sullivan (D), backers of the recall campaign have ended their pursuit. In a Facebook post she wrote, “While we are pulling the recall today to focus on other essential efforts, Sullivan does not get a free pass. The Colorado Secretary of State's office confirmed the end of the effort. A gun rights group has dropped its efforts to recall a Colorado Democratic lawmaker over his stance on gun control.
As bad as the pace and scope of the nation's mass shootings have become, with death tallies sometimes counted in the dozens, chances are good that they are only going to get worse. The Trace reports that firearms accessory manufacturers are "have developed a new generation of high-capacity magazines," some holding 100 or more cartridges, meaning a gunman can more easily fire that many bullets before having to switch magazines. With an average user of a semi-automatic rifle or handgun firing about two bullets per second (a separate trigger pull for each discharge), a 10-round clip – the largest legally allowed in California – would be depleted in about five seconds.