Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, plans to declare a temporary emergency this week banning all weapons from Richmond's Capitol Square in advance of a large pro-gun rally scheduled for next week, according to the Associated Press.
Gun rights advocates have been demonstrating in large numbers since the Democratic-controlled Legislature revealed intentions to pass numerous gun control laws.
Why a gun ban?
According to officials speaking to AP anonymously, Northam will issue the emergency ban due to "credible threats of potential violence and extremism."