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VA – GUN RIGHTS – Of the 22,000 who attended VA Lobby Day, many armed with assault rifles and handguns, one arrest was made (MULTIPLE VIDEOS)

Despite concerns that white extremist militia groups planned to enact violence during the rally, leading Gov. Ralph Northam to issue a State of Emergency banning all weapons from the capitol grounds, the event itself went off without a hitch. Only one arrest occurred, with a 21-year-old woman charged with one felony count of wearing a mask in public. “Today showed that when people disagree, they can do so peacefully,” Gov. Northam said in a press release. “The issues before us evoke strong emotions, and progress is often difficult.” Jan. 20 is traditionally known as “Lobby Day” in Richmond, but with Northam and a Democratic majority set to roll out tighter gun-safety legislation, those in favor of gun rights turned out around the Virginia Capitol to press their case against it. Prior to the Lobby Day rally, Northam issued a State of Emergency, banning all weapons from the capitol grounds after receiving word of credible threats of violence. The weapons ban lasts until 5 p.m. Tuesday but doesn’t affect streets outside of the capitol grounds. Tight security was in place in and around the Capitol in preparation for the thousands of advocates anticipated to rally. People of all backgrounds attended the rally. Some held signs representing the LGBT community. “Gun rights are also gay rights,” one sign said. “Gun rights are civil rights,” another sign said. “Gun rights are trans rights,” another said.  [full article]

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