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Virginia Governor Bans Guns From State Capitol Ahead of Pro-Gun Rally

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The Virginia Governor on Wednesday said he was temporarily banning all guns and weapons from the area around the Capitol in Richmond ahead of a major gun rights demonstration set for next week.

Ralph Northam, who is leading the push for stronger gun laws in his state, said he wants to avoid a repeat of violence that erupted at a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, when a march by white nationalists erupted and led to the death of a counter-protester.

Northam said on twitter he had received credible intelligence from law enforcement agencies of threats of violence surrounding a lobby day against stricter gun laws planned for 20 January.

“We support citizens’ rights to peacefully protest and express their views to their elected officials. But we must also keep the public, as well as those who work around Capitol Square, safe,” Northam said.

The lobby day is expected to attract thousands of people to the state capital, including members of anti-government groups from other states.

More details soon.

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  • Richard 3 says:

    These Democraps in Virginia snuck in these proposals and did so to prevent objections to their agenda. Was not done in transparcy as they were doing it. Bloomberg is the asshole behind this trick.

  • Michael Pullan says:

    Stand for your 2nd ammendment we can can not lose our rights!!! We stand with you 🇺🇸

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