Kaine talks about preventing gun violence with local officials

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Virginia Senator Tim Kaine was in Charlottesville on Monday to talk about preventing gun violence.

He was joined by local elected officials and guests who say they are looking forward to the Special Session called by Governor Ralph Northam, which will convene on July 9.

The roundtable discussion focused on what steps need to be taken to prevent gun violence in Virginia following the Virginia Beach massacre that took the lives of 12 people.

Kaine says he is hopeful that background checks will be tightened in Virginia.

"Background checks are strongly supported by Democrats, Republicans, and Independents," he said. "So what we have to do, those of us who support things like that, is work to communicate, so that the Virginia public, in this case, makes their views very well known to the legislators who are voting."

Northam called the Special Session of the General Assembly to deal with what he calls commonsense public safety laws.

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