Virginia Assembly honors actor Charlton Heston

The Virginia General Assembly honored the man who memorably portrayed Moses with a resolution commemorating actor and gun rights champion Charlton Heston, who died April 5 at 83.

Sen. Ralph K. Smith, Roanoke Republican, introduced the "memorializing resolution" in a batch of measures Wednesday honoring people posthumously.

The star of "Ben Hur" and "The Ten Commandments" headed the National Rifle Association (NRA), which enjoys strong support within Virginia's gun-friendly legislature. Mr. Heston's role within the organization is one reason he offered the measure, Mr. Smith said.

Senators don't vote on the resolutions. They agree to them by rising from their seats and standing silently for a moment, heads bowed.

The House of Delegates later approved the resolution in a similar fashion. Mr. Smith, an NRA member, met Mr. Heston when the former was mayor of Roanoke and gave him the key to the city.