Virginia Governor Gets Unexpected Backlash From His State Over Gun Ban
Virginia found itself in a state of emergency that enveloped gun control after their governor declared it to be necessary thanks to what he called “extremist rhetoric.”
According to Vice, Gov. Ralph Northam banned individuals from carrying firearms on the Capitol grounds during the forthcoming Second Amendment rally taking place just days from now in Richmond, Virginia.
Vice quoted the governor as having said at his press conference Wednesday: "We have received credible intelligence from our law enforcement agencies that there are groups with malicious plans for the rally that is planned for Monday," Northam said during a press conference according to NPR.
The governor went on to say that they intercepted threats and “extremist rhetoric” which were reminiscent of what happened at the now historically violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August 2017. “We will not allow that mayhem and violence to happen here,” he said.
“No weapons will be allowed on Capitol grounds,” the Democratic Northam went on according to Vice. “Everything from sticks and bats to chains and projectiles…. The list also includes firearms. It makes no sense to ban every other weapon but allow firearms when intelligence shows that armed militia groups plan to storm the Capitol.”
"Please know that we have been preparing extensively to protect public safety at Monday's rally. But no one wants another incident like the one we saw in Charlottesville in 2017," Northam said according to NPR.
However, the governor’s choice to ban all weapons, which is not something that conservatives have taken kindly to, especially in light of the rally supporting gun rights.
Several counties in Virginia are so taken aback by the governor’s decision that there is talk of them succeeding from the state altogether: