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Joyce Challenging Brewer

Virginia’s gun control debate is expected to resume in November, but the session is scheduled after the general election when control of the House of Delegates and Senate is on the line.

It also comes after residents in the 64th district of the House of Delegates choose who they want to send to Richmond — incumbent Republican Del. Emily Brewer, or her challenger, Democrat Michele Joyce.

The gun control issue typically splits along party lines, and it was Republicans who, within 90 minutes, pulled the plug on Gov. Ralph Northam’s special session in July following the May mass shooting in Virginia Beach that killed 13, including the shooter.

Joyce is a Democrat but is quick to say she is part of a responsible gun owning family. Her husband enjoys hunting. But, as a mother, she dreads getting a call that her child’s school is on lock-down.

“That adds a whole new dimension on being scared,” she said.

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