RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gun-rights activists some making deliberate displays of their military-style rifles began to descend on Virginias capital city this morning to protest plans by the states Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation.
Several thousand activists mostly white and male, many clothed in camouflage and waving flags with messages of support for President Donald Trump appeared hours before the 11 a.m. rally was set to begin.
Gov. Ralph Northam declared a temporary state of emergency days ahead of the rally, banning all weapons, including guns, from the event on Capitol Square. The expected arrival of thousands of gun-rights activists along with members of militia groups and white supremacists raised fears the state could again see the type of violence that exploded in Charlottesville in 2017.
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