RICHMOND, VA - Second Amendment supporters are expected to flood the capital city for Virginia's "Lobby Day" rally, taking place today in Capitol Square.
Social media began lighting up in the predawn hours with photos and videos from gun rights supporters and citizen journalists on the ground showing huge crowds of protesters streaming toward the event.
Bookmark this page and check back throughout the day for live first-hand accounts of events as they unfold. Please spread the word for those who can't be there in person!
Truly the worst white supremacists ever pic.twitter.com/HT472X7LiU— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 20, 2020
Did I mention I met some amazing Virginians today? This was the only group I asked to take a picture with me ... because they represented so many different types of gun owners.— The 🐰 FOO (@PolitiBunny) January 20, 2020
Yes, I had four layers on and I was still cold but it was SO GREAT. #VirginiaRally pic.twitter.com/rJbhgoYY8O
The view outside my hotel room this morning. Thousands of people rallied today to show their support for the 2nd Amendment! #Virginia #VirginiaRally #2ndAmendment #ShallNotBeInfringed pic.twitter.com/vGx3e4mXUw— Stephen Willeford (@GoodGunGuyWille) January 20, 2020
This is the most peaceful, polite, and positive State of Emergency I've ever seen.— Peter B. Doran (@PeterBDoran) January 20, 2020
The half dozen Virginians and families immediately near me were friendly and in high spirits.
We were all here for the same reason: we value liberty!#VirginiaRally #Virginia #RichmondRally pic.twitter.com/CUiWl3bKtG
#VirginiaRally @GovernorVA See this? And they’re almost all armed. This you’re seeing is a stark reminder that We the people own this country. This is just a small percentage of the 100 million+ gun owners in the country.— The American Apologist (@USApologist) January 20, 2020
Live Free//Die Free pic.twitter.com/w0dDKtlECy
From @reuterspictures: Camouflage, tactical gear and carrying weapons as they exchanged pleasantries - thousands of armed activists gather at Virginia's pro-gun rally https://t.co/3HWz9CytrA pic.twitter.com/BIzfHeorj8— Reuters (@Reuters) January 20, 2020
12:00 pm Update
One issue both the left and right can come together on at the Richmond gun rally pic.twitter.com/jeHS8akWSp— ELIJAH (@ElijahSchaffer) January 20, 2020
The people who falsely labelled the Virginia rally as some white supremacist event are absolutely despicable— Jack Posobiec🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 20, 2020
The demonstrators I’ve met here in Richmond today are law-abiding Americans standing up for their rights pic.twitter.com/Lik4ZMwI7F
This pro-2A protester in Richmond just blew the doors off of every Democrat talking point on guns: pic.twitter.com/gI2AGzItlc— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 20, 2020
I just interviewed Sheriff S. H. Jenkins and State Senator Bryce Reeves. Jenkins says he refuses to enforce gun laws that he views as unconstitutional, and he’s deputized the senator who now wears a police badge. pic.twitter.com/6OHJivWpTT— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) January 20, 2020
Counter protestors have showed up at the Richmond capitol— ELIJAH (@ElijahSchaffer) January 20, 2020
It appears to be @RefuseFascism primarily comprised of Los Angeles chapter members
There were about 9 of them calling for a communist revolution in the streets
Attendees did not harass or assault them
Totally Peaceful pic.twitter.com/i9V64eKlZE
11:00 am Update
The Hong Kong flag is flying in Richmond today pic.twitter.com/uxVYviEJJN— Jack Posobiec🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 20, 2020
Sheriff Richard Vaughan of Grayson County, VA:— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) January 20, 2020
“If the bills go through as proposed, they will not be enforced. They are unconstitutional.”#VirginiaRally #Richmond2ARally #Virginia2A pic.twitter.com/tfweiB1Uv5
The streets around Virginia's state capitol are packed for the Second Amendment rally. pic.twitter.com/madOmwcCJy— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 20, 2020
View of the gun rights rally taking place outside of the Virginia State Capital to protest proposed gun control laws from the legislature’s Democratic majority #Richmond2ARally #Virginia2A— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 20, 2020
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." #VirginiaRally #Virginia2A #Richmond2ARally pic.twitter.com/NwQ9GSD8HK— Michael Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) January 20, 2020
Lots more Northam blackface signs out here at the statehouse pic.twitter.com/vMc0JmuxyU— Tristan Justice (@JusticeTristan) January 20, 2020
Crowd still growing.— Tristan Justice (@JusticeTristan) January 20, 2020
“I want gay married couples to be able to protect their marijuana plants with guns,” reads one woman’s sign. pic.twitter.com/HhVTjH4PaU
10:00 am Update
Wow. The size of the crowd is incredible. pic.twitter.com/QVXJpmyun7— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) January 20, 2020
Modest crowd inside the gun-free Capitol grounds in Richmond for the gun rights protest, packed crowd in the streets outside, where citizens are allowed to carry firearms. pic.twitter.com/1HXvxJim1S— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) January 20, 2020
Lots of people with long guns marching in the Capital. Peaceful so far. pic.twitter.com/qZtx8v74K6— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) January 20, 2020
Richmond crowd chanting USA USA pic.twitter.com/xykGN51XT3— Jack Posobiec🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 20, 2020
Click here for more photos and videos from earlier this morning.