An estimated 22,000 gun rights advocates crowded the Capitol grounds to protest proposed gun legislation. All streets surrounding the Capitol were closed to traffic and filled with law enforcement. No firearms were allowed on the property. Photo by Jeffrey Knight/Capital News Service
Chris White, Patrick Brooks, and Sonny Fauver, from left, of Mathews were among the thousands of gun rights supporters who descended on Capitol Hill in Richmond on Monday to lobby against proposed gun legislation. Jason Frazier, who was with them, said the day was peaceful, with “no confrontations. No riots. No white supremacists.” He said people were polite, safe, and respectful. Many pro-gun sheriff’s deputies and police officers were there, he said, and there were even some pro-Second Amendment Democrats “who were ashamed of what governor Northam was trying to push through the house and said they would re-think their vote in the next election.” Frazier said.
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