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Northam may ban guns at Richmond rally, lobby day

McLEAN, Va. — Thousands of openly armed people could be headed to the state Capitol next Monday to lobby and rally against proposed gun control regulations and for their Second Amendment rights.

Gun rights advocates organizing the event have promised a “peaceful day to address our Legislature,” but their efforts have sparked a much larger, grassroots movement that has drawn interest from gun owners and militias around the country.

Meanwhile, late Tuesday, The Associated Press and Washington Post reported that Gov. Ralph Northam plans to declare an emergency and ban all guns around the Capitol on Monday, citing fears of violence similar to the deadly white nationalist in Charlottesville rally in 2017. Northam’s office did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment Wednesday.

Driving the momentum is opposition to a host of gun control proposals from Northam and Democrats, who in November won full control of the state’s government for the first time since 1993.

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