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Virginia: thousands of armed protesters rally against gun control bills

Virginia: thousands of armed protesters rally against gun control bills



Guns rights activists gathered at crowded but calm event in response to strict laws pledged by state’s DemocratsTens of thousands of armed gun rights activists gathered in Virginia’s capital on Monday as the governor declared a state of emergency ahead of a huge protest against strict new gun control laws pledged by the state’s freshly elected Democratic majority government.Chanting “We will not comply”, gun rights activists packed the street in front of the Virginia’s state house, where the governor, Ralph Northam, had temporarily banned anyone from carrying firearms. On the streets outside, though, some protesters carried rifles and wore full tactical gear. One protester estimated that he thought as many as 70% of the crowd was armed, most of them more discreetly, with concealed handguns. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/20/virginia-gun-rally-activists-richmond

Author : Lois Beckett in Richmond

Publish date : 2020-01-20 20:59:59

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