The House adopted the substitute bills earlier this week, and the Senate agreed to them on Saturday.
The background-check legislation will expand background checks to private transfers of weapons, unless the transfer is between immediate family members. The legislation on handgun purchases will prohibit a person from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period.
In a statement, Northam praised the General Assembly for passing the bills.
“Every year, we lose more than one thousand Virginians to gun violence,” Northam said in a statement. “Today, this year, Virginia has said enough is enough. The emergency of gun violence must end. This legislation will help get us there.”
The General Assemblyalready has sent Northam legislationto enact red-flag laws, which will allow a judge or magistrate to order a person has his guns confiscated if he is deemed to be a threat to himself or others.
Efforts to enact a ban on the sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines had support in the House, butfailed in the Senateafter it faced opposition from some moderate Democrats.
In response to Northam’s gun-control agenda, more than 100 localities declared themselves to beSecond Amendment sanctuaries, which stated their intent to defy state gun-control laws they deemed to be unconstitutional.