RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL)- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has set July 9 as the date for his special session to address the gun violence in the state following the massacre at Virginia Beach.

According to a release from the governor’s office, Gov. Northam signed the proclamation summoning the members of the Virginia General Assembly back to Richmond on Friday.

Earlier this week, Gov. Northam said in a press conference that he was asking for “votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers” on the “common sense” gun safety proposals.

Those proposals include:

  • Universal background checks
  • Banning assault weapons and suppressors and bump stocks
  • An extreme risk protective order
  • Reinstallation of the one-gun-a-month law
  • Restricting child access to firearms
  • Requirements to report lost and stolen firearms
  • Expansion of local authority to regulate firearms, which includes inside government buildings.

Gov. Northam is hoping that the members of the assembly will be able to talk in an “open and transparent debate” before the bills go to vote.