As gun rights rally looms in Virginia, Richmond residents fear another Charlottesville

1/19/2020 6:17:00 PM

Many say they'll be staying as far away as possible from the demonstration they worry will turn violent.

As gun rights activists, white nationalists and militia groups prepare to rally in Virginia on Monday, residents are praying it won’t be a repeat of the violent 2017 rally in Charlottesville that ended in a woman's death.

Many say they'll be staying as far away as possible from the demonstration they worry will turn violent.

Terms of Service “My family hunts, but I think gun control is necessary,” she said.Tomi Lahren warned that Democrats can expect"civil war" and a"major uprising" if they continued to try to pass gun control measures.Brad Brooks 4 Min Read RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - The top Republican in Virginia’s lower house said that any group planning to incite violence at a large gun rights rally on Monday in Richmond should stay home, while far-right leaders of militias planning to attend swore they were coming in peace.An antifa group have denied they are marching alongside Neo Nazis at a Virginia gun rights rally on Monday.

“You shouldn’t be worried if you’re not doing anything illegal.” Anthony Berrios, who lives near the Capitol, said he will stay with his girlfriend, who lives in a different part of the city, on Monday."I took this action to protect Virginians from credible threats of violence," said Northam in a statement after a court ruling on Thursday upheld the temporary ban.He said the premise behind the rally is misguided.January 18, 2020.“It’s a myth that the government is trying to take their guns away,” he said." A handgun lays on the ground marked as evidence after a shooting in a Walmart parking lot on November 18, 2019 in Duncan, Oklahoma.“I just wish people would really take an objective look at what’s best for society versus what’s good for themselves." Antifa Seven Hills, which is based in Richmond, Virginia,"could be left in an awkward position" if those fears are confirmed, Vice reported.

” Just a block from the Capitol, Quisha Jefferson manages a 7-Eleven convenience store that's usually open round-the-clock, but she plans to shut it down Sunday night and reopen Monday when calm returns.J Pat Carter/Getty Images Senate Bill 35 : Control of firearms by localities; permitted events.“If you think that we’re a threat coming into your city, then you don’t know who we are, you don’t understand what we’re about,” said Joshua Shoaff, who has over 542,000 Facebook followers and goes by the pseudonym Ace Baker.“I’m not gonna do it,” she said.“We’re gonna close.The bill contains technical amendments.We don’t want to be a part of what’s going on.But police warned that among those they know to be attending are known neo-Nazis and other groups who may seek to hijack the gun-rights gathering.” Even if she wanted to stay open, it would be difficult for her employees to get to work because road closures forced by the rally will impede bus routes, and they are nervous about showing up for their regular Monday shifts anyway.Prohibits any person who is not a licensed firearms dealer from purchasing more than one handgun in a 30-day period and establishes such an offense as a Class 1 misdemeanor."It is our group's stated mission to keep these groups from having footholds in Richmond and beyond.

“I don’t want to put them in danger, and I don’t want to put myself in danger,” Jefferson said, pointing to the store’s large glass windows that she thinks would make them vulnerable to an attack.“I’m gonna lose a lot of business, but I’d rather my workers be at home, be safe.Requires a background check for any firearm transfer and directs the Department of State Police (the Department) to establish a process for transferors to obtain such a check from licensed firearms dealers.Todd Gilbert, the Republican leader in Virginia’s House of Delegates, said in a statement on Saturday that violence was not welcome during Monday’s rally.” Some Richmond residents, whose jobs are near Capitol Square, said they don’t want to go to work Monday either, but they have no choice.Many area businesses will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr.The bill also provides that a transferee who receives a firearm from another person without obtaining the required background check is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.Day, but a few retail and service employees whose workplaces will remain open still have to show up.” Monday’s rally is being organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-gun rights group that annually comes out in force to lobby Virginia’s legislature to not pass any new gun laws." 'Sick' Video Game Allows You To Play as Trump Gunning Down Migrants Read more It added:"Many of these same folks have been disgusted to hear of white nationalist planned attendance and vowed to help us get rid of that element.

“We’re terrified,” said one woman, who can see the Capitol from her place of work and asked not to be named because she feared retribution from her employer.“I hope it’s worth it,” she said of her employer’s decision to stay open to avoid losing a day of business.In Jackson Ward, the city’s historically black neighborhood, Marvin Smith is taking a different approach from that of his neighbors, who are going out of town.S.The barbershop he owns about a mile north of Capitol Square won't be open, but he will be in his store.“I’m gonna be here for the community,” Smith said.We would never do that and our intention is to only ever expose and expel them to the best of our ability.

“I want to know what’s going on and be on call.“That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away.” "I'm gonna be here for the community," barbershop owner Marvin Smith said."I want to know what's going on and be on call." Carlos Bernate / for NBC News Organizers say thousands of people will be at the Capitol on Monday as the Virginia Citizens Defense League buses people in from across the state while other rallygoers are expected to travel from out of state.Reporting by Brad Brooks; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan Our Standards:.At her two-week-old clothing store, Serendipity, Kim Williams said her customers were talking about the rally all day Saturday.Vice News.

Tourists from Boston told her they had chosen the wrong weekend to visit Richmond, and a college student said her father planned a last-minute visit but couldn’t get a hotel room because they were all booked up.“I don’t want anything to happen that will make Richmond look bad,” Williams, who has lived in the area all her life, said.Her store isn’t open Mondays, and she won’t be going near the Capitol.“I’ll be home, probably watching the news.” Not everyone in the city feels on edge.

“A lot of it is just talk,” Sean Taplett, who works and studies in Richmond, said.He used to live in Portland, Oregon, where anti-fascist and far-right groups often clash.“I’m familiar with the hysteria around these events," he said."The violence is usually self-contained.” Taplett wants to check out the rally and see for himself what transpires.

As of Sunday, no major counterprotest had been planned, and many anti-fascist groups encouraged their members to stay away from the rally.Gun safety groups also canceled their annual MLK Day vigil at the Capitol, citing “ongoing, credible threats to public safety that have been promoted and encouraged by gun extremists.” The vigil, which has been hosted for the last 28 years, was supposed to begin after the gun rights rally.Gabby Safley, a VCU student from Charlottesville who studies history, fears Monday's rally will be Charlottesville all over again.Carlos Bernate / for NBC news While Richmond residents wait to see what happens Monday, Safley, the VCU student from Charlottesville, is stuck on the fact all this is happening on Martin Luther King Jr.

Day.“They really hit all the stops with this one,” she said before referencing a phrase from the Second Amendment right to bear arms."A ‘well-regulated militia' doesn’t mean you get to go buckwild.” Ben Kesslen.

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That's what happens when the police doesnt do it's job and keep the communists at a distance.. They are always violent. We know that. It's almost as if someone is trying to take advantage of that and then blame the other side.... I think we get this by now. This is insane and the president should stop this there should be no gun rally on this particular Monday. This is extremely insensitive of our president to allow this to happen

On MLKDay 😑😑😑 Stop twisting the truth. We are sick of this crap. It’s not white nationalist. It’s nationalism. And Virginia is over stepping the 2nd Amendment of the constitution. The people voted you in as servants, not dictators. You shall make no law. Get that straight. There 4 a reason. I like how we are lumping legal gun owners and activists in with hate groups. Nice.

nice job misquoting my friend to fit your narrative. like my friends told you, as Charlottesville residents, we're not worried this will be another Unite the Right rally. we have no reason to go near the capitol and it's not a concern. Stop fear mongoring why not report on Epstein or The Clinton ties to Epstein, or flint Michigan still not having water, or the mass amounts of survivors from Vegas stating there was more than one shooter

Only if Antifa terrorists show up and start trouble while trying to pose as peaceful 2A patriots Suppose you had a rally and the media doesn’t show up. Is it still a rally? Asking for a friend. Stop fear mongering NBC, marching against tyrannical Democrats who are attempting to infringe on 6 constitutional rights is perfectly legal, try your media Bias on something else. Unless you are in Bloomberg’s pocket helping Dems oppress more citizens like they have last 150 yrs

Richmond isn’t Charlottesville, who were lambasted in report for multiple failures. Rally folks are LAW abiding citizens and Virginians, who do this every year. Outside agitators and others will be pointed out to police for swift removal for their own safety! Stop fear mongerin

Trump claims 'serious attack' on Second Amendment in Virginia will cost Democrats a U.S. Senate seat in 2020The gun reform bills were passed after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency over 'credible intelligence' that violence could occur during a pro-gun-rights rally. Trump is trying to incite a riot. Trump wants a Civil WAR!

When you’re on the same side as Nazis and militia nuts, you’re on the wrong side. my opinion; every family in America, specially the minorities and Jews, must own 2 automatic hand guns and 1 AK47 to defend from attacks by the KKK or WN thugs want to kill you. Be law abiding but brave. Have never owned a gun but I should. I see bad days coming. Peace & Love.

They should surround them with the damn army make a show of force for show of force ABC CBSNews FoxNews CNN NBC is a voice for socialist communist and Nazi type of government. NBC must be controlled by foreign enemy of America. Control antifa and the race baiters on both sides and it will be fairly uneventful.

Just because they want to protest their gun rights doesn't mean they have to bring their guns. You’re not going to call out leftist domestic terrorist groups, like Antifa? Fake news Nationalist's aren't all white nor are they all racist. Black, white and brown nationalist's (male and female) do run together in militia groups and as gun rights activist's together.

Just more FakeNews from NBC. It's not about hunting. The proposed laws DO take people's gun away. Court did not strike down the challenge to the order. “You shouldn’t be worried if you’re not doing anything illegal.” - That's the dumbest Tide Pod statement in the whole report.

Vows of peace, fears of violence at Virginia gun rallyThe top Republican in Virginia's lower house said that any group planning t... 'Thats normal' Is this normal for you guys? What is a gun rally? and virginia has declared a state of emergency ahead of this gum rally. how is this a thing

Do these groups realize they are intimidating people? Parading and showing off with weapons and paramilitary garb may not be the best way to convince folks intelligent gun control isn’t a good idea. Equating gun owners with white nationalists is a deliberate and scurrilous attempt by Hate America First Democrats in Virginia...Governor Coonman Northam among them...to sow prejudice and hate. Northam is a fascist wearing a cheap suit and black tip shoes.

Hope to God no one is stupid enough to take their kids to this. If violent Democrats and antifa are there it will be violent. These are thugs and nut cases! If violent Democrats and antifa are there you can pretty much count on it. .realDonaldTrump's 'Good people on both sides' …. Part Deux GOP senatemajldr

Let's see who USA Peace Officers protect now after lump twump has called All USA Peace Keepers dumb n babies !? NBC r u helping them try to keep USA Citizens home when we should be going out in monumental 's !? This isn’t news reporting, it’s political activism aligned precisely with Governor Northam’s disingenuous talking points. You people do more to divide Americans than anyone.

Praying there is no violence. Your conflation is supreme

Antifa deny they are marching with neo-Nazis at Virginia gun rights rallyAntifa Seven Hills issued a statement after VICE News reported the group would be attending a rally to protest pending gun control legislation in front of the Virginia Capital in Richmond on Monday. Antifa isn’t marching with neo-Nazis... They are the new-Nazis. 🤷🏾‍♂️ They would deny it.

So...you're saying gun owners equate with white nationalists? Or we're all in a militia..? Gun rights rally is just a pass word for a KKK rally! These people are bolstered by the fact that we have an POTUS who implicitly condones their bigotry and racism through his words and actions. My daughter went to school at U of R, and the city doesn't deserve these scumbags.

Dont forget antifa and the other far left groups also attending. Are militant pro gun confiscations protesters going to be there in helmets with weapons? Prayers don’t work, legislation does. Incredible coincidence, this armed show off force just happens to be on MLK Day. Expect the worst. That the rally is on MLK, Jr. Day, is a disgrace.

Gun rights activists gear up for show of force in VirginiaAn unprecedented show of force by gun rights activists is expected on Monday in Virginia. What ever happened to “if they don’t like it, they can leave”? I thought they were super fond of that argument? You’re calling it “a show of force”? You do realize there was a state of emergency right?

Seriously ban cars from anywhere around that area. That’s the weapon that was used. Some are just regular gun owners too - not activists, not militia, and not white supremacist. Great job at trying to lump us all into a group that’s undesirable. All in reaction to sudden, aggressive, unconstitutional gun legislation pre-filed by the legislature before they even started their session. You can not dismiss the Democrats behavior in this situation, it is irresponsible and helps no one.

If this were Black Americans with all these guns showing up to talk about their gun rights, Gun laws would change faster than St Ronnie did in California. Why NOT? It's realDonaldTrump's version of America! Fear monger much SecondAmendment ShallNotBeInfringed The Second Amendment protects all the rest.

When you get that many idiots in one place. ANYTHING could happen. Her name was Heather Heyer. Why have these senseless rallies, it's not as if their guns are being taken away. They preach it's their right obviously they don't have much confidence in it

Virginia enacts 4-day weapons ban at Capitol before gun rights rallyVirginia is slated to begin its five-day ban on weapons from Capitol grounds in anticipation of Monday's Lobby Day against pending gun control legislation. Antifa is supposed to be infiltrating their ranks. Just sayin'. Government of the people, by the government, and for the government. 'If you want to shoot us, come back next week.'

this is a setup. don't go. just vote these losers out or face the consequences. why would the authorities even allow this? People need to wake up and realize the 2nd amendment was created for protection against a tyrannical government which appears to be happening in Virginia. And if the left truly think Trump is Hitler, why are they so willing to give up their guns? Lol

Stay classy Virginia.

Three more suspected neo-Nazis arrested before Virginia gun rights rally, authorities sayThree Georgia men were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit murder and participating in a criminal street gang tied to The Base, police say. IAmSophiaNelson The terrorists are here. She was murdered. Use the appropriate term so people can grasp the terrorist threat that white nationalists are.