Updated: Feb 24
RICHMOND, Va. -- Stacks of chain-link fencing, white-covered tents and rows of metal detectors were in place Sunday night around Richmond's Capitol ahead of Monday's widely-publicized gun rights rally.
Richmond, once the capital of the Confederacy, has been on high alert for days following threats of violence, including claims of a militia storming the Capitol to protesters weaponizing drones.
In November, Democrats flipped the state Senate and the House of Delegates, giving them control of both the governor's office and the legislature for the first time in a generation.
Following his re-election, Northam vowed to push through new gun-control measures, saying it was a top priority for Virginia Democrats. In doing so, he angered gun-rights advocates who believe he is trying to take away their rights.
That suspicion was fueled further on Friday when President Trump warned in a tweet that Virginia Democrats were threatening Americans' right to bear arms.
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