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Virginia's highest court upholds weapons ban at gun rally

1 month ago   |   By Boston Herald

By DENISE LAVOIE
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's highest court on Friday upheld a ban on firearms at a pro-gun rally in the state's capital next week, an event that authorities feared could erupt in violence at the hands of armed extremists.
Gov. Ralph Northam earlier this week declared a state of emergency and issued an executive order banning all weapons from the Capitol grounds in Richmond, saying the state had received credible threats of “armed militia groups storming our Capitol” during an annual gun-rights rally scheduled for Monday.
Gun-rights groups sued, but a Richmond judge on...
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Virginia urges justices to uphold weapons ban at gun rally

1 month ago   |   By Boston Herald

By DENISE LAVOIE
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia urged the state Supreme Court on Friday to uphold a weapons ban at an upcoming gun rally in the capital, insisting it was necessary to prevent a repeat of deadly violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally more than two years ago.
State Attorney General Mark Herring's petition - and simultaneous legal efforts by gun-rights groups to lift the ban - came amid the arrest of six men whom authorities linked to a white supremacist group known as The Base. At least three of them were planning to attend the pro-gun rally on Monday in Richmond...
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