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Sen. A. Donald McEachin, Henrico Democrat, said at the afternoon vigil that he planned to introduce legislation calling for universal background checks for gun purchases. Closing the so-called “gun show loophole” that allows unlicensed dealers to sell weapons at gun shows without conducting criminal background checks has repeatedly been introduced and stopped in the state legislature.

“While they may not be accepted on any given day, by and by, our views will prevail,” he said.

Pam Pouchot of York County, though, was skeptical.

She said of pro-gun legislators, gesturing toward the Capitol. “What they want to get through will get through.”