Source: Business Insider
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and banned firearms at the state’s capital ahead of a gun rally on Capitol Square on Monday, January 20, 2020 Northam said authorities have intelligence that suggests militia groups were planning to commit acts of violence. Intelligence groups reported extremist online rhetoric that is similar to the language used by white nationalists at the fatal “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories . Citing “credible threats of violence,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and banned firearms around the state’s Capitol ahead of a gun-rights rally next week. Northam said that state intelligence found that armed militia groups from Virginia, and outside of the state, planning to storm Richmond during a “Lobby Day Rally” planned on January 20. He said at a press conference held on Wednesday that state intelligence analysts detected extremist rhetoric online similar to that seen before the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left three dead and 30 injured. “We will not allow that violence and mayhem here,” Northam said.