A pro-Second Amendment advocacy group is challenging Virginia’s liberal governor and an executive order that targets a pro-gun rally.
Tens of thousands of Old Dominion gun owners have rallied in recent weeks to push back against proposed gun laws, and 10,000 of them are expected to descend on the State Capitol on January 20 for Second Amendment Lobby Day.
Back from surviving his “blackface” scandal last year, Gov. Ralph Northam has issued an emergency executive order in the open-carry state to ban the carrying of all firearms along with bats, sticks, and weapons of any nature due to safety concerns.
The ban is set to begin today, January 17, and continue through January 21 due to “intelligence” from law enforcement that militias and “hate groups” have “malicious plans” for the rally, USA Today reported.
The FBI on Thursday arrested three men identified as "white supremacists" who were planning to attend, CNN reported. Then men are facing firearms charges for transporting firearms across state lines.
Gun Owners of America and Virginia Citizens Defense League have filed suit to contest the order.
Mike Hammond, legislative counsel for GOA, says Northam cannot suspend the Second Amendment.
“But that, in fact, is what [Northam] proposes to do,” says the attorney, “and we are going to sue for an injunction to prevent the governor from basically engaging in the unlawful unconstitutional action he proposes to engage in."
Virginia gun owners have witnessed Democrats win a majority in the state legislature and propose gun laws that have angered and energized Second Amendment supporters.