Virginia Republicans slammed the door on a wide range of gun-control measures Tuesday, adjourning a one-day special legislative session called by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam less than six weeks after a gunman's rampage in Virginia Beach left 12 people dead.
Gun-control supporters had hoped the special session would energize their efforts nationwide to turn the tide against the "corrosive influence" of the gun lobby. Kris Brown, president of the Washington-based Brady gun-control group, described the state's GOP leadership as "nothing short of cowards" who could have set an example for the nation.
"If these 'leaders' won't enact solutions that their own constituents are demanding, then we're going to fight tooth and nail for representatives who will," Brown said.
Northam and other Democratic leaders in the state were hoping the outrage sparked by the carnage in Virginia Beach would propel their plan through the Legislature.