Live Updates: Thousands Descend on Massive Gun Rights Rally in Virginia

Live Updates: Thousands Descend on Massive Gun Rights Rally in Virginia

By Aaron Kesel

Update: 10:41 a.m. EST — Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change is experiencing live streaming issues with YouTube. He has switched over to Facebook live.

News2Share’s Ford Fischer is experiencing similar issues on Facebook but is providing updates on Twitter.

Update: 9:54 a.m. EST — Derrick Broze is charging up his battery and will restart the stream here in about 45 minutes.

Early estimates put the number of protesters above 10,000 according to several news outlets.

Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of gun-rights activists and other groups are descending on Richmond, Virginia for a massive gun rights rally which begins at 11 a.m. EST. 11 a.m. However, rally goes are already being heard chanting “four more years” for President Trump and “Northam out” in reference to Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam.

Investigative journalist Derrick Broze started streaming from the rally live around 8:35am EST.

In anticipation of the rally, Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, banning all weapons including guns from the rally on Capitol Square. However, outside of the gated area Derrick has shown that there are heavily armed protesters in the early stream.

Local Virginia NBC media outlet WAVY reports there are hundreds of police ready to respond to violence if it occurs.

Here is a list of banned items inside the Capitol gates:

  • firearms
  • knives, scissors, needles, razors, and other bladed weapons
  • slingshots
  • spring sticks or batons
  • metal knuckles
  • blackjacks
  • nunchucks, chains, or other flailing weapons
  • throwing stars, knives, darts, or other throwing weapons
  • stun guns, tasers
  • sticks, poles, bats, baseballs, softballs, glass bottles
  • shields, helmets
  • toy guns and toy weapons
  • drones/sUAS, laser pointers
  • caustic substances (pepper spray), aerosol containers
  • hazardous materials, fireworks, torches, and open flames
  • other dangerous items or items that may be used as weapons

News2Share’s Ford Fischer also reports via Twitter that he was asked to hand over his tripod while entering the gated protest area.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun rights group which organized the rally, said it expected up to 50,000 people.

Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change is also live today:

For even more footage from another perspective, see News2Share’s Ford Fischer:

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Live Updates: Thousands Descend on Massive Gun Rights Rally in Virginia

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