CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- With a slew of shootings happening in Virginia, adding to the nation's already staggering numbers, state Senator Creigh Deeds is taking action.

Deeds has proposed a law banning the sale and possession of assault weapons made after July 1, 2023. It would also prohibit anyone younger than 21 from owning a gun. At an event at the University of Virginia on Friday, Governor Glenn Youngkin weighed in on the proposal.

"Virginia has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. I think that the biggest gap has been in behavioral health. And, so, our big focus is to bring people together around moving aggressively around behavioral health investment. This is what Virginia needs. We have a chance to close a huge gap and I am excited to work across the aisle to get that done," Youngkin said.

In 2020, Deeds tried to pass a similar piece of legislation but it failed. This time around, he thinks the revisions that have been made will give it the votes it needs.