Armed protest in Richmond, Virginia, remains tense but peaceful

by Peter Heck · Jan 19th, 2021 10:14 am

Last Updated Jan 19th, 2021 at 6:56 pm

An annual protest in Richmond, Virginia, drew more attention this year following the recent Capitol Hill riots.

About two dozen armed protesters that included groups calling themselves the "Last Sons of Liberty," the "Boogaloo Bois," and the "Proud Boys" came armed to Virginia's state capital to express the right to carry firearms.

The protest coincides with "Lobby Day" in Virginia, when citizens traditionally gather to petition lawmakers for action.

Even though Richmond has an ordinance banning firearms at events near the capital, no authorities enforced the order as many of those present were toting rifles, wearing flak jackets, and sporting masks.

In multiple media interviews, the protesters said they were not there with violent intent but merely to voice their right to own firearms.


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