REPORT: Virginia judge rules on bid to overturn Northam’s emergency gun ban ahead of state Capitol rally

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A Virginia judge declined an appeal to halt Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s last-minute emergency gun ban on state Capitol premises ahead of a major gun rights rally set for Richmond, Virginia, next week.

Judge Joi Taylor said on Thursday that Northam has a right to set emergency procedures when called for and that the governor was within his rights to enact the temporary gun restriction because he heads the Department of General Services, an executive branch overseeing the Capitol square.

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Lawyer David Browne argued for the gun rights activists’ appeal, claiming the right to bear arms was a form of free speech and saying they should be allowed to “peacefully assemble in the manner they see fit.”

Tens of thousands of people from multiple states are reportedly planning to attend the rally, organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, in order to protest new gun control laws proposed by the now Democrat-controlled Virginia General Assembly.

Governor Ralph Northam touted the win in a Twitter post on Thursday. “This is the right decision. I took this action to protect Virginians from credible threats of violence. These threats are real—as evidenced by reports of neo-Nazis arrested after discussing plans to head to Richmond with firearms,” he tweeted, along with a statement.

Northam had commented on the ban on Wednesday:

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