RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state lawmakers met under heightened security Monday amid concerns about possible civil unrest in state capitals in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Several gun-rights advocates came to Richmond on Monday, some of them heavily armed.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is typically a chance for citizens to use a day off work to meet with their legislators. Gun-rights activists typically make a large, organized appearance each year.
This year they organized a series of caravans through the city decked out in pro-gun messages. Gun laws have gotten much less attention this year and Democratic leaders have not prioritized gun legislation.