VA Bans Weapons From Capitol Ahead Of Pro-Gun Rally, Blames Police

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam plans to declare a temporary emergency in order to ban guns from a protest on Monday.

Richmond, VA – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a temporary emergency on Wednesday afternoon that banned all weapons from the Capitol Square in front of the State House where a huge group of gun rights supporters are holding a rally on Monday.

"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," Northam told reporters on Jan. 15.

The emergency declaration has prohibited all weapons, including guns, from the Capitol Square from 5 p.m. on Friday until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, WCYB reported.

Two state officials who had been briefed on the plan told the Associated Press that Northam is trying to head off a repeat of the violence that occurred at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2018, when James Fields deliberately ran down Heather Heyer, killing her.

However, that event was explicitly a white nationalist event, whereas the gun rights rally is explicitly about gun rights.

On Friday, Democratic leaders used a special rules committee to vote to ban guns at the state capitol building and called the move necessary to protect public safety, the Loudoun Times reported.

However, only the governor has the power to change the gun policy on the Capitol Square, where gun enthusiasts will rally on Jan. 20.

Democrats tried to blame the gun ban at the State House on the Capitol police.

“I just have to say that this is something that’s been recommended by our Capitol Police,” House Majority Leader Charniele Herring said before the vote. “And I think there are times when we sort of have to trust what our law enforcement officers are telling us.”

But the Capitol police chief wasn’t about to take the blame for the least popular policy change so far this year, the Loudoun Times reported.

Capitol Police Colonel Anthony Pike said that he never advised legislators to ban guns in the State House.

Col. Pike said he just answered the politicians’ questions about how to implement their ban after they voted on it, according to the Loudoun Times.

Republicans were furious when they learned the truth about the role of the Capitol police in making the new policy.

“That was a deliberate misrepresentation,” said Republican Virginia State Delegate Kirk Cox said. “There's just no way around that.”

Multiple Republican lawmakers carry concealed weapons while they are at the legislature, the Loudoun Times reported.

Virginia law prohibits the arrest of legislators during legislative sessions except for egregious crimes.

Col. Pike said Capitol police will not arrest Republican lawmakers who continue to carry concealed despite the gun ban, the Loudoun Times reported.

The planned emergency ban on weapons will go into effect as more than 100,000 gun-rights supporters are expected to begin arriving in Richmond for the protest on Martin Luther King Day.

Many view the move as more anti-gun shenanigans by the state’s newly-installed Democratic majority who have vowed to institute gun control in the famously pro-gun state that is home to the National Rifle Association (NRA).

"This is just average gun owners and average Virginians coming out to support them," Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes told WUSA. "It has nothing to do with white nationalism."

The Oath Keepers are a fringe-right group that actively works to recruit current and former military and first responders to prepare for the hostile takeover of local governments by the federal government or a foreign government. They openly oppose racism.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has vowed to aggressively enforce any new gun-control laws passed by the legislature.

"The Attorney General is delusional if he thinks this is just some movement that’s been ginned up by the so-called gun lobby," Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman-At-Large Corey Stewart said. "This is a groundswell movement if there ever was one."

Stewart represents an area that has declared itself a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.

A number of sheriffs have spoken out and said they will not enforce the proposed gun laws if they are passed.

“If the legislature decides to restrict certain weapons I feel harms our community, I will swear in thousands of auxiliary deputies in Culpeper,” Culpepper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins, who was just re-elected for a third term in office, said. “There’s no limit to the number of people I can swear in.”

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Anomie88
Anomie88

That won't stop the criminals carrying illegally, which is what the police probably told them. The threat is not from the open carry crowd; it's from the criminal element.

zipper22
zipper22

This VA Governor should be immediately terminated from office. He doesn't understand who he should even be concerned about.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

F••King idiots!! Why don't you just scream a little louder that nobody will be armed at this event so that the criminals and twisted f••ks can plan their crimes upon you sitting ducks!!

BLKSKY
BLKSKY

If there are so many gun owners in Virginia, how did this liberal government get voted in? Unless it's like Kalifornia where the dead and illegals are allowed to vote.

makinbakin
makinbakin

if i was the people attending this rally,they should be armed and tell this pussy govener and the rest of the demorats to sand to stick that so-called ban up their ass and to go fuck off, he knows state law cannot override the US Constitution.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Specifically, Northam said they've received threats including people detailing plans to storm the Capitol Building, use weaponized drones, and more. A state official cited one posting that included a photo of an AR-15 with a caption that said there are "great sight angles from certain buildings" near Capitol Square.

The State of Emergency issued by Northam effectively bans all weapons, including guns, as well as items like helmets and shields (which were carried in the 'Unite the Right' rally by white nationalists) from the grounds of the state capitol building.

Weapons listed in the declaration include "any handgun, pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel or expel a projectile or missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material; rifle, shotgun, automatic or semi-automatic gun; assault firearm as defined in § 18.2-308.2:2 of the Code; machine gun; 3D printed gun; or similar weapon."

It specifically exempts "all on-duty sworn law enforcement personnel providing security" for the Capitol grounds, as well as "any other person otherwise acting in coordination with the Division of Capitol Police."

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Corruption alert...

In related news, last night, Lynchburg VA city council voted NOT to become a 2nd Amendment sanctuary city. The vote was 5-2 against, despite over 100 other cities and counties in VA voting conversely.

They had to move the meeting, since there was so much interest. Nearly 150 people had signed up in advance to make public statements. The meeting went beyond 2 a.m.

Prior to the meeting, the Council voted to limit speakers to only those who signed up in advance. It's what the Dems do. They limit your rights; your First Amendment rights, your Second Amendment rights, and on and on.

If you want to see real corruption, watch this video. You can skip to 0:50. This was a couple of weeks ago, when the council voted about even holding such a meeting. One of the Democrats on the council, Vice Mayor Dolan tried to change her vote after the resolution passed and most people left. Honorable Republican Jeff Helgeson prevented the move. It's astonishing...

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I, for one, feel that if they feel that strongly about their rights, let the authorities know loud, clear, and in person what you will do to them if they come for your guns. The best way to get that across? Make an example out of someone. Publicly.

Pro2A
Pro2A

About the same way the left treats the First Amendment - but a 40 week abortion (infanticide) is just fine. We've seen this movie before.

Pro2A
Pro2A

BTW, I don't think it's a good idea for the red VA counties to split off and join WVA. VA is just barely blue and it can be clawed back. Instead, conservatives should move from lost blue zones like CA, NY, MA, NJ to states that can be kept or tipped back to red like TX, NM, VA. Dark times.

Auntjane
Auntjane

There will be violence. Northam will make sure of it! This is very scary and I fear a lot of good people are going to be hurt killed or lose their freedom. On the other hand what can they do? BTW it isn't just about guns, it's about overreach and a bunch of socialist thugs taking over the country!

Karma59
Karma59

Virginia is perfect example of how the rights can be taken away. By simply declaring an emergency, Northam is preventing carry to this event. When he declares a statewide emergency, he can ban them statewide. Virginia (sorry Jim H.) has become a cesspool of DC swamp rats. Citizens in every state ought to be watching the tactics and methods used by this abortion loving, black-face wearing, low-life. This methodology will spread to every state if they don't stop it in VA.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

So now, an anonymous internet post, which could even be a false flag by some Liberal troll, can result in the Constitutional rights of thousands of citizens being denied.

Janken
Janken

So a person who wants to shoot someone will bring a gun. I hope this jerk sits in front of the bad person

Scattered
Scattered

Florida here. Watching very CLOSELY.

sizzle937
sizzle937

If a new civil war starts it will start in Virginia.

bronx163
bronx163

This is just a preview of whats to come.

The left and ultra left, want your guns and want the constitution gone.

Dems arent commies. They are neo-totalitarian fascists.

First the gun then you and your right to decent.

Wake up folks Virginia is test of where judges and constitution will be adhere to.

Virginia is a powder keg and fascist left is going to lite the fuse.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@makinbakin And then He calls in the National Guard or State Police. Next thing you know we have 4 innocents killed like at Kent State or when the Oregon State Police executed LaVoy Finicum who had his hands up when he was shot in the back

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@Hi_estComnDenomn Let’s see Al Sharpton Jr., powder keg, gasoline, matches, oh wait! You’re a moron, that’s why no one follows your advice except those nephews of yours in Chitown, they are doing you proud I’m sure!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Dude went to the Capital this weekend before the rally. They sent the Capital Police to his house because he looked around...