Virginia Governor Ralph Northam officially announced his intent to ban guns on the grounds of the state capitol during next Monday’s Lobby Day, when tens of thousands of gun owners and Second Amendment supporters are expected to be on hand lobbying against his gun control agenda.
Speaking at a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Northam cited concerns over violence taking place during the gathering, and compared the upcoming Lobby Day to the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2018 that left one dead while declaring a temporary state of emergency in Richmond from Friday evening through next Tuesday night.
I hope and believe that Monday’s event will be a peaceful and positive one, but I also think the governor is making a big mistake, and not only in banning firearms from the Capitol Square. I think it’s also a very bad idea to restrict entry to the capitol grounds to a single entrance, as Northam’s plan calls for. Instead of funneling the tens of thousands of people onto the capitol grounds, there are going to be tens of thousands bottlenecked outside. That creates an even more chaotic situation.