The Moms Demand Action gun prohibition lobbying group has smeared a planned Second Amendment event and lobbying day in Richmond, VA as an “extreme far-right gun rally” on Monday, Jan. 20.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a temporary emergency by banning “all weapons, including guns, from Capitol Square’ ahead of what is shaping up to be a “massive rally” of gun owners.
But the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) and Gun Owners of America on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging Northam’s ban. The lawsuit was filed in the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond, according to the Washington Examiner.
This year’s event is expected to attract thousands of gun owners from across the Commonwealth, who have gathered annually to meet with lawmakers in an effort to protect the Second Amendment.
Where extremism is concerned, there may be nothing approaching the gun control agenda put forth by Northam and his new Democrat majority. They are pushing revival of the failed one-gun-per-month, bans on so-called “high capacity magazines” and further restrictions.
Northam declared a “temporary ban” on weapons in and around the Capitol Square as a precaution against alleged reports of possible violence, and because he was “fearing a repeat of the deadly violence that engulfed Charlottesville more than two years ago,” according to NBC News.
That’s where the Moms group jumped in. In an email blast over the name of Moms founder Shannon Watts, the group stated, “the Governor of Virginia warned…that law enforcement agencies had alerted him of violent threats surrounding the extreme far-right gun rally in Richmond, VA on Monday 1/20. He even compared the extreme rhetoric and violent threats to what we saw in the lead up to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA in 2017 — where one person was murdered.
“We saw what happened in 2017: intimidation by people open carrying guns and the violence that ensued. We must continue our push even in the face of these extremists,” the Watts email said.
But Philip Van Cleave at the VCDL issued his own statement, in which he encouraged calm,
“The eyes of the nation and the world are on Virginia and VCDL right now and we must show them that gun owners are not the problem,” he said. “Lead by example.”
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms issued an alert Thursday urging Virginia gun owners to “overwhelm Richmond.”
Reacting to Northam’s dramatic “emergency” weapons ban, CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb observed, “
“We’re suspicious of Gov. Northam’s temporary ban on firearms in and around the State Capitol, but we’ve been saying for a long time that Ralph Northam is a gun-banner, and now he’s proving it.”
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