‘Come and take it': Gun activists march in Virginia (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Added 01-20-20 12:37:02pm EST - “Thousands of gun-rights supporters and militia members have gathered at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, in an armed show of defiance against a slew of gun laws proposed by Governor Ralph Northam.” - Rt.com
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Northam – who shot to international infamy last year when a yearbook picture of him in blackface surfaced – has proposed a bevy of new gun laws in the wake of a mass shooting at Virginia Beach last May. Democrats took control of the state’s House of Representatives and Senate in November, giving Northam the political path to passing these laws. The proposed measures include universal background checks, ‘red flag’ laws, and a restriction on handgun purchases. A highly controversial ban on AR-style semi-automatic rifles was struck out by the State Senate last week.
Thousands of gun rights activists descended on the State Capitol in Richmond on Monday to protest these laws. Bearing placards reading “Come and take it,” and chanting “Northam out,” hordes of demonstrators poured through security checkpoints and onto Capitol grounds. Northam had declared a state of emergency on Friday and banned weapons from the grounds, citing a threat of “extremist” violence.
Away from the Capitol, however, groups of armed protesters took to the streets, open-carrying rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Some clad themselves in the tactical gear beloved of militias, and communicated with each other by walkie-talkie. At least one organized militia group, the Oath Keepers, turned up to the rally.
Many law abiding citizens are excersizing their constitutional right to carry their firearms in Richmond Virginia. #VirginiaRally#LobbyDay ????: @Julio_Rosas11pic.twitter.com/JAcctBb6pC
At the #VirginiaRally, there's lots of guns, lots of energy, lots of patriotism, but absolutely zero violence. "USA! USA!" Chants break out frequently. pic.twitter.com/WAavpn0YTK
Chants of “Northam Out” erupting in Virginia pic.twitter.com/XHhJtxMIzx— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 20, 2020
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." #VirginiaRally#Virginia2A#Richmond2ARallypic.twitter.com/NwQ9GSD8HK— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) January 20, 2020
The Democrat Party in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia are working hard to take away your 2nd Amendment rights. This is just the beginning. Don’t let it happen, VOTE REPUBLICAN in 2020!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2020
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