Meeting in rural Virginia displays hostility to new gun laws

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ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — Some people in western Virginia are voicing their opposition to the gun-control measures that Gov. Ralph Northam proposed in the wake of last month’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

The Roanoke Times reports that about 50 people packed a round-table meeting on gun policy Tuesday in Abingdon. The crowd rebuked just about everything that was said by round-table host Brian Moran, Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

People called Moran “liberal” and said the Democratic governor and other lawmakers are trying to exploit a tragedy for political gain.

Northam’s bills include a ban on silencers and high-capacity magazines. He announced a July 9 special legislative session in response to the mass shooting. The shooter used silencers and high-capacity magazines to kill 12 people at a municipal building.

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