PHOTOS: Gun Rights Rally Ends Peacefully

No Real Signs Of Counter-Protests

January 20, 2020 - 3:37 pm
Crowd at State Capital for Gun Rights Rally on January 20, 2020. (Matt Demlein, WRVA)

(Matt Demlein, WRVA)


Richmond, Va. ( -- UPDATE:  There was one arrest of a 21-year old Richmond woman for wearing a mask in public.


ORIGINAL:  A crowd that law enforcement estimated to be 22,000 gathered at the State Capital today for a pro-gun rights rally. There were no arrests and no signs of violence.

Crowd on Ninth Street during Gun-Rights Rally at State Capital on Janaury 20, 2020. (Matt Demlein, WRVA)
(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Governor Ralph Northam (D) declared a State of Emegerncy last week, over credible threats of violence surrounding the rally.  House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) spoke out against white supremacist "garbage" after receiving a briefing on the threats.

Guns were banned inside the Square itself but not outside, and many in the groups along Main Street, Bank Street, and otheres were heavily armed.  Some were in tactical gear as well.

Tayji Tucker of Richmond and  Robert Dean of Harrisonburg show off their weapons during the Gun Rights Rally on Janaury 20,2020. (Matt Demlein, WRVA)
(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Conservative talk host Alex Jones also could be seen driving around the perimeter, screaming about the 1776.  Many in the crowd could not actually hear the speakers, as the general noise was loud, and the speaker system could not overcome it.

Conservative Talk Host Alex Jones rides through streets of Richmond in a military syle vehicle.  (Jay Hart, WINA)
(Matt Demlein, WRVA)