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Thousands of armed activists gather at Virginia's pro-gun rally

A large crowd gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. Thousands of armed gun-rights activists filled the streets around Virginia's capitol building to protest a package of gun-control legislation making its way through the newly Democratic-controlled state legislature.

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A large crowd gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. Thousands of armed gun-rights activists filled the streets around Virginia's capitol building to protest a package of...more

A large crowd gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. Thousands of armed gun-rights activists filled the streets around Virginia's capitol building to protest a package of gun-control legislation making its way through the newly Democratic-controlled state legislature. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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Gun rights advocates and militia members attend rally in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Gun rights advocates and militia members attend rally in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Gun rights advocates and militia members attend rally in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A large crowd gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A large crowd gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A large crowd gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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A gun rights advocate dressed as a bald eagle mingles with the crowd during a rally on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

A gun rights advocate dressed as a bald eagle mingles with the crowd during a rally on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

A gun rights advocate dressed as a bald eagle mingles with the crowd during a rally on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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Armed militia members stand with people dressed in American revolution-era attire at a rally near Virginia's Capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Armed militia members stand with people dressed in American revolution-era attire at a rally near Virginia's Capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Armed militia members stand with people dressed in American revolution-era attire at a rally near Virginia's Capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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A militia member brandishes a Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle at the start of a rally by gun rights advocates and militia members near Virginia's Capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

A militia member brandishes a Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle at the start of a rally by gun rights advocates and militia members near Virginia's Capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

A militia member brandishes a Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle at the start of a rally by gun rights advocates and militia members near Virginia's Capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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Gun rights advocates rally on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Gun rights advocates rally on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Gun rights advocates rally on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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Security personnel scan the crowd through their binoculars from the roof of the Virginia State Capitol building during a gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Security personnel scan the crowd through their binoculars from the roof of the Virginia State Capitol building during a gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Security personnel scan the crowd through their binoculars from the roof of the Virginia State Capitol building during a gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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A large crowd gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A large crowd gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A large crowd gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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American radio host Alex Jones films the crowd inside the no-gun zone during a gun rights rally in front of the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

American radio host Alex Jones films the crowd inside the no-gun zone during a gun rights rally in front of the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

American radio host Alex Jones films the crowd inside the no-gun zone during a gun rights rally in front of the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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Gun rights advocates and militia members attend a rally in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Gun rights advocates and militia members attend a rally in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Gun rights advocates and militia members attend a rally in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A activist holds up a sign supporting gun rights for women during a rally inside the no-gun zone in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

A activist holds up a sign supporting gun rights for women during a rally inside the no-gun zone in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

A activist holds up a sign supporting gun rights for women during a rally inside the no-gun zone in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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A counter-protestor shouts while surrounded by gun rights advocates inside the no-gun zone during a rally on the Virginia State Capitol grounds in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

A counter-protestor shouts while surrounded by gun rights advocates inside the no-gun zone during a rally on the Virginia State Capitol grounds in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

A counter-protestor shouts while surrounded by gun rights advocates inside the no-gun zone during a rally on the Virginia State Capitol grounds in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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A person holds a shotgun during a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

A person holds a shotgun during a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

A person holds a shotgun during a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Gun rights advocates and militia members attend a rally around the Virginia State Capitol grounds in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Gun rights advocates and militia members attend a rally around the Virginia State Capitol grounds in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Gun rights advocates and militia members attend a rally around the Virginia State Capitol grounds in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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American radio host Alex Jones speaks from an armored vehicle during a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

American radio host Alex Jones speaks from an armored vehicle during a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

American radio host Alex Jones speaks from an armored vehicle during a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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A person holds a sign stating "all gun control is racist" on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A person holds a sign stating "all gun control is racist" on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A person holds a sign stating "all gun control is racist" on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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People take part in a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

People take part in a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

People take part in a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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People take part in a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

People take part in a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

People take part in a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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A man wears a hat calling for the impeachment of the Virginia Governor on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A man wears a hat calling for the impeachment of the Virginia Governor on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A man wears a hat calling for the impeachment of the Virginia Governor on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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An armed militia gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

An armed militia gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

An armed militia gathers on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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A person who is part of an armed militia group arrives near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A person who is part of an armed militia group arrives near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A person who is part of an armed militia group arrives near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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A person holds a sign critical of Democrats on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A person holds a sign critical of Democrats on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A person holds a sign critical of Democrats on a Gun Lobby Day in front of the Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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People who are part of an armed militia group walk near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

People who are part of an armed militia group walk near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

People who are part of an armed militia group walk near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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An armed militia member wears a badge commemorating today at a gun rights rally near Virginia's Capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

An armed militia member wears a badge commemorating today at a gun rights rally near Virginia's Capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

An armed militia member wears a badge commemorating today at a gun rights rally near Virginia's Capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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A man takes part in a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

A man takes part in a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

A man takes part in a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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Heavily armed militia members form a line at the start of a rally by gun rights advocates and militia members near Virginia's Capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Heavily armed militia members form a line at the start of a rally by gun rights advocates and militia members near Virginia's Capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Heavily armed militia members form a line at the start of a rally by gun rights advocates and militia members near Virginia's Capitol, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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People take part in a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

People take part in a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

People take part in a rally against the Virginia Democrats' plan to pass gun legislation, at the Virginia State Capitol building, in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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People hold a sign near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

People hold a sign near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

People hold a sign near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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A person wears a shirt with a slogan critical of the governor of Virginia while standing near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A person wears a shirt with a slogan critical of the governor of Virginia while standing near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A person wears a shirt with a slogan critical of the governor of Virginia while standing near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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People hold a sign near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

People hold a sign near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

People hold a sign near the Virginia State Capitol building to advocate for gun rights in Richmond, Virginia, January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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Gun rights advocates and militia members pray at a pre-rally dinner in Richmond, Virginia, January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Gun rights advocates and militia members pray at a pre-rally dinner in Richmond, Virginia, January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Gun rights advocates and militia members pray at a pre-rally dinner in Richmond, Virginia, January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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A member of the Virginia Citizens Defense League wears a handgun decorated with the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag during the organization's Sunday dinner before their Monday rally at Virginia's Capitol, in Henrico, Virginia, January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

A member of the Virginia Citizens Defense League wears a handgun decorated with the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag during the organization's Sunday dinner before their Monday rally at Virginia's Capitol, in Henrico, Virginia, January 19, 2020....more

A member of the Virginia Citizens Defense League wears a handgun decorated with the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag during the organization's Sunday dinner before their Monday rally at Virginia's Capitol, in Henrico, Virginia, January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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