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Virginia GOP House leader: No place for ‘hate or violence’ at Richmond gun-rights rally

Posted at 12:19 AM, Jan 19, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. -- The GOP leader of Virginia's House of Delegates urged those planning to attend the gun-rights rally on Lobby Day in Richmond to peacefully assemble.

An unprecedented show of force by gun-rights activists, who are angry over the state's new Democratic majority leadership and its plans to enact a slew of gun restrictions, is expected at the state capitol Monday.

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert issued the following statement Saturday:

"Lobby Day is a time for people to peacefully assemble and petition their government. It is not a place for hate or violence. Any group that comes to Richmond to spread white supremacist garbage, or any other form of hate, violence, or civil unrest isn't welcome here. Thousands of law-abiding Virginians simply want to have their voices heard at the seat of government.

"House Republicans reject any attempt by any group to infuse any kind of twisted or extreme worldview into this fundamentally democratic exercise. So there's no mistake, this is my message to any group that would subvert this event: you are not welcome here. While we and our Democratic colleagues may have differences, we are all Virginians and we we will stand united in opposition to any threats of violence or civil unrest from any quarter."

Second Amendment groups have identified Virginia as a rallying point for the fight against what they see as a national erosion of gun rights.

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