Indications are, the NRA expects their bad publicity in Virginia will hurt Republicans in the November election. As evidence, the NRA alerted their Virginia members asking for help in contacting other gun nuts urging them to be sure to vote. Republicans fear their recent blockage of any debate on gun issues during the abbreviated special session, could be perceived as anti-democratic. Of course it was.
From the NRA
We will need volunteers to help contact pro-gun voters in person, by phone, and at events to remind them of what is at stake in November. These volunteers will help to ensure that EVERY voter in Virginia who supports the Second Amendment is actively engaged with our grassroots campaign, and of most importance, turns out to VOTE ON ELECTION DAY.