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RICHMOND, Virginia – More than 22,000 gun-rights activists descended on the Virginia State Capitol Monday to peacefully protest new gun laws making their way through the Democrat-controlled legislature.
Contrary to Democrat-fueled media fearmongering of a white supremacist rally threatening to erupt into chaos, as occurred in Charlottesville three years ago, a sea of gun owners flooded the capitol grounds and surrounding areas in a peaceful day of protest.
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The demonstration, organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, was supposed to be a lobbying day for the gun rights group, focused on new gun legislation on a path to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk. The bundle of new gun laws includes universal background checks on gun sales and expanded authority for local governments to prohibit firearms in public places. The Virginia Legislature is also considering “red flag” laws that would allow the government to strip firearms from people deemed too dangerous either to themselves or others.
Democratic lawmakers, however, were absent from the statehouse as thousands of gun advocates, many of whom were armed, marched in opposition.
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“I was trying to meet with my legislator, and I don’t see any legislators available to actually meet with, which is pretty frustrating,” said Charles Howard, a Virginia gun-owner standing feet away from the capitol steps.
In the weeks leading up to the organization’s day of action, the protest became a nationwide rallying cry for gun-rights activists, who flew across the country to attend one of the largest pro-gun rallies in recent memory.
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Scores of protesters had arrived as early as 7 a.m. in 25-degree weather before the sun began to rise.
By the time the protest ended about 2 p.m., there had been no fights, no violence, no rioting, no vandalism, and one arrest, according to officials.
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Northam, however, had declared a “state of emergency” ahead of the event after announcing...
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