Virginia gun laws: What sparked Richmond gun rally tied to neo-Nazis?

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Virginia gun rally: What's behind the battle over gun control descending on Richmond

Thousands of gun owners, many of them armed and some members of out-of-state militias and hate groups, descended on Richmond on Monday amid a fierce battle over Virginia's gun laws.Gov. Ralph Northam and Democrats in the state General Assembly have promised to pass a host of gun control measures, sparking far-reaching outcry and threats of violence.Northam declared a state of emergency in Richmond through Tuesday evening after he says law enforcement received credible threats of extremist groups with "malicious plans." Fearing violence similar to that of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Northam banned all weapons near the state Capitol under the emergency order, which the Virginia Supreme Court upheld after a legal challenge.At least six suspected members of a violent neo-Nazi group were arrested late last week; three of them reportedly planned to attend the rally. Three men in Maryland face various federal firearm and alien-harboring charges and three in Georgia face conspiracy to commit murder and gang charges.However, no major incidents were reported at the rally itself, which was conducted under heavy security. The hour-long demonstration concluded a little after noon with only one arrest.Police -- who estimated the size of the crowd at 22,000, with 6,000 of them on Capitol Square -- said a 21-year-old woman was charged with one felony count of wearing a mask in public after being warned twice before against wearing a bandanna covering her face.The Virginia Citizens Defense League, the group who organized the rally and challenged Northam's ban, has painted Democrats' gun proposals as "draconian" and urged for a mass, grassroots movement to fight back against "tyranny.""The governor and leadership in the Democratic Party have declared war on law-abiding gun owners, and they're tired of it," Vir
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