Republicans Adjourn Special Session Until November

Session On Guns Ends Shortly After It Starts

July 09, 2019 - 6:03 pm

Richmond, Va. ( -  "Irresponsible" or "Election Year Stunt."  Those two phrases were the responses following today's short Special Session of the General Assembly, called in the wake of the Virginia Beach massacre that killed 12 people in a city office building.   Republicans, after just about two hours of manuevering and speeches, and along party lines, voted to adjourn the General Assembly until November 18th.  The date falls after the November election, in which the entire General Assembly is up for a vote.

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Adjournment followed a morning of rallies and press conferences at the Capitol.  Gun control advocates massed around the Bank Street entrance to the building,cheering and jeering various lawmakers as they entered.  The line to meet lawmakers in the Pocahontas Building at time stretched nearly around the building.  Gun rights advocates, some armed, also showed up to lobby lawmakers.

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

The Governor offered his reaction following the adjournment, saying, “It is shameful and disappointing that Republicans in the General Assembly refuse to do their jobs, and take immediate action to save lives. I expected better of them. Virginians expect better of them.”