The special session that Gov. Ralph Northam called on gun control is scheduled for July 9, according to a proclamation he signed Friday.
Northam is summoning the members of the General Assembly to consider a slate of proposals related to firearms following the Virginia Beach shooting that left 12 victims dead.
It’s unclear how long the session will last. Lawmakers will have to decide on the length and parameters for the session as it kicks off. Northam has requested that all of his proposals be put to a vote by the entire body of each chamber.
Northam’s call came a week after a Virginia Beach city employee opened fire on colleagues at the city’s municipal complex. The gunman used two .45-caliber handguns with extended magazines and a legally obtained silencer.
Northam said he will seek measures including universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons to include suppressors and bump stocks, a ban on high-capacity magazines, and to restore a state law, repealed in 2012, to restrict handgun purchases to one a month.
Northam also plans to propose legislation that would set tougher penalties for leaving a loaded gun near a child, that would allow for “extreme risk” protective orders to remove guns from people deemed a risk to themselves or others, and that would require people to report stolen or lost guns within 24 hours.
He is also pushing for legislation to allow localities to regulate firearms within their jurisdictions—including banning them in government buildings.
Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox said earlier this week that his caucus is still working on a legislative package, but that House Republicans would almost certainly introduce a bill to impose a minimum sentence for repeat domestic abusers.
Broadly, Cox said he wants “tougher penalties” for firearm crimes and more mental health supports.