Northam: State Of Emergency in Richmond, Guns Banned For Lobby Day


Posted at 3:45 pm on January 15, 2020 by Cam Edwards


Virginia Governor Ralph Northam officially announced his intent to ban guns on the grounds of the state capitol during next Monday’s Lobby Day, when tens of thousands of gun owners and Second Amendment supporters are expected to be on hand lobbying against his gun control agenda.

Speaking at a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Northam cited concerns over violence taking place during the gathering, and compared the upcoming Lobby Day to the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2018 that left one dead while declaring a temporary state of emergency in Richmond from Friday evening through next Tuesday night.

Shortly after Northam made his announcement, I spoke with Phil Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, which is sponsoring the Lobby Day and rally activities on the 20th. He says attorneys are currently looking over the governor’s proclamation, and a request for a temporary injunction is a possibility. Under Virginia law, the governor only has a very limited ability to restrict firearms during a state of emergency.

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