22,000 attended Virginia pro-gun protest; no violence, 1 arrest for wearing mask in public

by Laura Mize · Jan 21st, 2020 11:17 am

Last Updated Jan 21st, 2020 at 11:47 am

Around 22,000 people descended on Richmond, Virginia, on Monday to peacefully protest gun-control legislation currently being planned by newly elected Democratic lawmakers.

There was no violence at the rally, although one person was arrested for wearing a mask in public.

Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in the days leading up to the event, citing credible intelligence of violent plans. The government and media feared another Charlottesville-type event, and reporting that white supremacist and anti-government groups would be in attendance..

But the event stayed focused on protecting gun rights, with people both inside and outside a fenced perimeter that surrounded the Capitol complex giving speeches and chanting in support of gun rights. The fence was set up to enforce a weapon-free zone. Outside the fence, many protesters openly and legally carried firearms, including AR-style rifles.

Virginia lawmakers continue to debate an eight-part package of gun-control proposals from Northam.