With Virginia Facing Huge Gun Rally, Trump Tweets

Organizers call for tens of thousands to carry guns into Richmond on Monday
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2020 2:30 PM CST
Barriers are set up at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2019, in anticipation of a rally by a large number of gun-rights backers on Monday.   (Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
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(Newser) – Tensions are rising over a pro-gun-rights rally scheduled for Monday at the Virginia State Capitol, Reuters reports. The rally's organizers, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, are urging 10,000 people to attend without guns in compliance with an emergency ban imposed by Gov. Ralph Northam last week; they're also asking tens of thousands more to bring guns and stand just outside the rally grounds. "For every one gun owner on the Capitol grounds, we need another two to five people outside," the group said in a Friday statement. "Those doing so can be legally armed." In other developments:

  • Trump tweet: "Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia," the president tweeted. "That's what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away."

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