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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe answers a question from the media during an impromptu press conference outside the Executive Mansion in Richmond, VA Monday, August 17, 2015.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday said the tragic shooting of a television reporter and cameraman at Smith Mountain Lake, allegedly by a disgruntled co-worker, reinforces the need for stricter control of who can possess guns in the commonwealth.

“What a tragedy,” said the governor, speaking during his monthly call-in radio show on WTOP in Washington. McAuliffe had spent last week on vacation with his family in Smith Mountain Lake.

“There are too many guns in the hands of people who should not have guns,” the governor continued, renewing his call for expanding background checks to all gun sales.

“We need tougher gun laws in the commonwealth. Everyone who purchases a firearm in Virginia should have to go through a background check.”

McAuliffe said he would continue to pursue the issue, but said his proposals “never see the light of day” due to regulatory resistance in the House of Delegates, which is controlled by Republicans.

“There is too much gun violence in the United States of America.”

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