On Oct. 15, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia signed executive orders that tightened gun control measures, including the creation of a gun crimes task force.
McAuliffe signed the measures at the Capitol in the presence of Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, WDBJ reports.
In addition to the task force, the executive order also establishes a tip line for illegal gun activity, and it authorizes the Attorney General to "coordinate and bring criminal cases against firearms law offenders."
The order also calls for state police to request a trace of every gun involved in a crime and prohibits the open carry of guns in some state-owned buildings.
In signing the order, the governor cited both the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting and the recent on-air killings of two Roanoke TV news employees.
“Our commonwealth has taken great steps to limit access to guns to those who have mental health issues, previous felony convictions, or a current protective order. But, as events around our nation and Virginia’s own recent history show, more must be done,” McAuliffe said in a statement.
“The actions directed in this executive order will help our Commonwealth better enforce Virginia laws designed to keep guns away from people who would use them for harm," he added. "The task force I have convened will take tangible steps to bring more successful prosecutions of gun crimes, and the other steps outlined in the order will aid in our efforts to keep families safe from gun violence.
"We must continue to work to overcome political resistance to commonsense gun safety legislation, but in the mean time I am committed to using every power of my office to prevent senseless killings.”