Governor Declares State of Emeregency Ahead of Rally

Cites "Credible Threats" of Violence

January 15, 2020 - 5:15 pm
Governor Ralph Northam declares a temporary State of Emergency on January 15, 2020. (Matt Demlein, WRVA)

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)


Richmond, Va. ( - Citing credible threats, Governor Ralph Northam (D) has declared a temporary State of Emergency ahead of Monday's gun rights rally at the State Capitol.   Northam is asking non-essential personel to stay home (it is a state holiday), and guns and weapons will be banned on Capitol Square.  There will also only be one entrance point to the square at Ninth and Grace.

Northam says he as the authority to do this to keep the area and Virginians safe.  He also called on the Virginia Citizens Defense League to make their rally peaceful.  The VCDL has called on their members to avoid provokation. 

The rally is exepcted to draw thousands if not tens of thousands.  Northam would talk specifically about the threats, but mentioned things such as "storming the Capitol" and "weaponized drones."

A panoramic view of the southern part of Capitol Square.  (Matt Demlein, WRVA)
(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

The Commonwealth is working with Richmond to ensure safety downtown as well.  Mayor Levar Stoney also attended the press conference.