Gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia (LIVE) | USA TODAY

Gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia (LIVE) | USA TODAY



Gun rights advocates from around the U.S., including members of out-of-state militias and hate groups, are expected to rally in Richmond Monday amid a fierce battle over Virginia’s gun laws.

Gov. Ralph Northam and Democrats in the state General Assembly have promised to pass a host of gun control measures, sparking far-reaching outcry and threats of violence.

Northam declared a state of emergency in Richmond through Tuesday evening after he says law enforcement received credible threats of extremist groups with “malicious plans.”

Fearing violence similar to that of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Northam banned all weapons, including firearms near the state capitol under the emergency order, which Supreme Court of Virginia upheld after legal challenge.

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