RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency after receiving information from law enforcement intercepted espousing “extremist rhetoric.”
Gov. Northam announced at a Wednesday, Jan. 15 press conference that authorities believe “armed militia groups plan to storm the Capitol” during the January 20 rally.
Northan said that the intel revealed rhetoric comparable to that seen before the tragic Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.
“We will not allow that mayhem and violence to happen here,” he said.
Northam, a Democrat, is forbidding any weapons, which won’t sit well with the gun rights activists planning on attending the Jan. 20 rally, “Lobby Day,” which was organized by pro-2nd amendment NPO Virginia Citizens Defense League.
“I believe them when they say this is a peaceful event — that’s what democracy is,” said Northam in the press conference. “Unfortunately, they have unleashed something much larger, something they may not be able to control.”
Gun activists have taken to Facebook and are rallying support claiming they will not abide by Gov. Northams gun and weapon ban, which is causing social media storms to brew faster by the second.
Northam says the state of emergency will be lifted on Tuesday, according to a report from VICE.