House of Delegates Speaker William Howell (R-Stafford) told WTOP he expects the 2013 General Assembly to review restrictions on gun ownership for the mentally ill and proposals for increased school security.
He also said Connecticut has stricter gun laws than Virginia.
But "it goes way beyond gun control," Howell said, referring to last month's shootings that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The General Assembly meets for 30 days in odd-numbered years, with an option to extend annual sessions for a maximum of 30 days, according to the General Assembly website. This year's session begins on Jan. 9.
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