Virginia Governor Declares 'State of Emergency' as Militias Plan to March on Richmond
Gov. Ralph Northam attempts to disarm citizens by banning guns on capitol grounds
Virginia's Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a “state of emergency” ahead of protests against his state government's coming gun-control laws.
On Wednesday, Gov. Northam put in place a temporary prohibition of citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights on Capitol grounds.
This means the protesters attending the pro-Second Amendment rally in Richmond on January 20, 2020, will have to disarm before taking part in the event.
As Neon Nettle previously reported, the Associated Press received a tip on Tuesday that Northam was going to declare a ban on firearms prior to the anti-gun control rally.
“Democrat leaders … [had already] used a special rules committee to ban guns inside the Capitol and a legislative office building,” the AP noted, adding that Northam was also going to expand the ban by adding the grounds as well.
The upcoming pro-Second Amendment rally is planned by the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL).
VCDL’s Philip Van Cleave told CNN his group has been coming to the state Capitol every January 20th since 2003 without incident.
But Northam suggested guns needed to be banned this year.
And not only guns but “sticks and bats” too.
Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order 49 on Wednesday, a “declaration of a state of emergency due to potential civil unrest at the Virginia state capitol.”
Northam linked the upcoming march to the white nationalist event that turned into a disaster in Charlottesville, Virginia, vowing to never let it happen again, according to Western Journal.
“Credible intelligence gathered by Virginia’s law enforcement agencies indicates that tens of thousands of advocates plan to converge on Capitol Square for events culminating on January 20, 2020,” Northam wrote in the order.
“Available information suggests that a substantial number of these demonstrators are expected to come from outside the Commonwealth, may be armed, and have as their purpose not peaceful assembly but violence, rioting, and insurrection.”
The executive order bans all firearms and weapons on the Capitol Square and surrounding areas but then takes an even more worrying twist.
Northam specifically listed personal protective gear such as helmets and shields as weapons in his order.
Of course, these rules don’t apply to the armed state employees who will confront the protesters.
For a governor who has lost the trust of a majority of his counties and many of his citizens over his gun-grabbing ways, this announcement could not have come at a worse time.
With tens of thousands of angry people now ready to flex their Second Amendment rights in a march on Richmond, labeling them as racists intent on killing will not go over well.
There are now also reports of defenses being hardened around the capitol itself.
In one image, workers can be seen erecting barricades for next week’s protest.
With the massive protest now less than a week away, all eyes are on Virginia.