Virginia is now election battleground in fight over gun laws

Virginia is now election battleground in fight over gun laws
Virginia is the only state where control of the Legislature is up for grabs this year. (Source: Pixabay)

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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