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Change in Virginia gun laws not likely

Tuesday - 1/1/2013, 1:48pm  ET

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - The mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last month has prompted calls for tighter gun laws across the country. But that's not likely to happen in Virginia, where gun shows are usually crowded and people can legally carry a gun openly in a holster.

House of Delegates Speaker William Howell, R-Stafford, says Connecticut has stricter gun laws than Virginia.

"It goes way beyond gun control," he says.

He says the General Assembly is likely to review laws on restricting gun ownership for the mentally ill, as they did after the Virginia Tech Shootings in 2009. And, he says there are likely to be several proposals on more school security.

"We came out with a proposal recently to increase funding through a grant program so that middle schools and elementary schools have these school resource officers or deputies or police offices who are present in the schools."

The General Assembly convenes on Jan. 9.

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