Published: Thu, January 16, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Northam declares state of emergency ahead of Capitol gun rights protest

Northam declares state of emergency ahead of Capitol gun rights protest

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of a gun-rights rally planned for next week in the state capital of Richmond.

"Law enforcement intelligence analysts have identified credible threats of violence surrounding the event, along with white nationalist rhetoric and plans by out-of-state militia groups to attend", said a statement from Northam's office.

According to a press release from Northam's office, "credible intelligence gathered by Virginia's law enforcement agencies indicates that tens of thousands of advocates plan to converge on Capitol Square for events culminating on January 20, 2020".

"We support citizens' rights to peacefully protest and express their views to their elected officials", Northam said in a tweet. On Wednesday, Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of a planned gun-rights rally next week.

The Oath Keepers, a national organization of current and former military and law enforcement officials described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as one of the largest anti-government groups in the country, called on members to travel to Virginia to attend the lobby day and said that they also meant to train local activists.

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Although there are clearly many opponents to the proposed legislation among Virginia residents, Democrats control the entire legislature, leaving little for gun rights advocates to do except mobilize and protest. More than 125 counties, cities and towns in the state have passed "Second Amendment" resolutions, pledging to respect the rights of gun owners and not to apply state gun laws. fire found to be unconstitutional.

For the first time since 1993, Democrats control the state's governorship and both legislative chambers, and they've pursued gun legislation that has pro-gun activists up in arms, including a "red flag" law that empowers judges to confiscate firearms from people deemed an "extreme risk", as well as a background check bill and other measures.

"We have no intention of calling out the National Guard".

"We're seeing threats of violence". One local sheriff even vowed to "deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms". But Northam suggested guns needed to be banned this year.

"No, ma'am, not at this point", said Northam. Governor Northam is expected today to announce the State Capitol Square as a gun-free zone - extending the zone outside Capitol that was voted to instill inside the building with a joint rules committee of the House and Senate earlier this week.

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