Virginians call for Gov. Northam’s removal, thousands protest new gun control measures

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Virginians call for Gov. Northam’s removal, thousands protest new gun control measures

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Gun-rights supporters demonstrate in front of state Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday morning Jan. 20, 2020. Gun-rights activists and other groups are descending on Virginia’s capital city of Richmond to protest plans by the state’s Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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UPDATED 1:34 PM PT — Monday, January 20, 2020

Virginians are calling for the removal of Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam after his suggested gun control policies drew huge crowds to a pro-Second Amendment rally. The protest, which is held by the Virginia Citizens Defense League every year, was bolstered by strict gun control measures passed by the state Senate as a priority for the governor.

“He (Gov. Northam) thinks he can come in here and just say whatever he wants to do, and that’s not how it’s going to work,” stated Santiago Helmik, a Second Amendment supporter. “He thinks everybody here is going to comply, I bet you nobody here is going to comply with any of the laws he’s going to pass.”

Gov. Northam pushed for mandatory background checks in addition to a new measure prohibiting someone from purchasing more than one gun per month. He received backlash after he banned all weapons from Capitol Square over threats of violence at the event.

A pro gun demonstrators hold a flag and signs in front of the Virginia State Capitol Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

President Trump has pledged his support behind the activists. He recently said the Second Amendment is under attack and slammed Democrats for trying to take guns away.

RELATED: Va. Governor Northam Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Gun Rights Rally



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