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Big Richmond Gun Rally Sees Just 1 Arrest

Richmond's pro-gun rally draws 22K
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2020 6:08 AM CST
Gun-rights supporters gather on Bank Street near Capitol Square in Richmond, Va., Monday.   (Rob Ostermaier/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
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(Newser) – Fears of a violent clash in Richmond, Virginia, over gun rights never materialized on Monday. The two big numbers: 22,000 pro-gun protesters and only one arrest, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The single arrest was that of a 21-year-old woman for wearing a mask in public, per the newspaper and the AP. The protesters descended on the state Capitol to protest proposed new restrictions on guns, and authorities feared a repeat of the unrest that took place in Charlottesville in 2017. However, no sizable counter-protest sprang up. Democratic state lawmakers say the protest won't change their plans to tighten gun laws. (Read more Richmond stories.)

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