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Politics Ahead of tinder box Virginia gun rally, Trump says Constitution under attack

13:25  18 january  2020
13:25  18 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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attack ” in Virginia amid a contentious gun debate in the commonwealth and ahead of a controversial gun -rights rally in Richmond on Monday. ahead of the rally for fear of a repeat of the violence law enforcement was ill-prepared to deal with at another rally in Charlottesville more than two years ago.

President Trump has stirred tensions before a gun rally in Virginia - a demonstration the state governor said carried credible "threats of violence" - by claiming that Americans' Second Amendment rights are " under attack ". Thousands of pro- gun activists are expected to march on Virginia 's State

By Brad Brooks

Donald Trump in a suit standing in front of a crowd: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin© Reuters/KEVIN LAMARQUE U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump took aim at Virginia Democrats and their push to stiffen the state's gun laws, saying that the U.S. Constitution was under attack just as thousands of armed militia members began arriving in Richmond for a Monday gun rally.

Trump doubled down with his support of gun enthusiasts in the state, which Hilary Clinton won in 2016 and where Democrats took full control of the state legislature for the first time in a generation in November, as candidates made passing stronger gun control laws a central campaign theme.

Men discussed opening fire at pro-gun rally in Richmond, say officials

  Men discussed opening fire at pro-gun rally in Richmond, say officials Three suspected neo-Nazis who were arrested this week in Maryland and Delaware discussed opening fire at a scheduled pro-gun rally Monday at Virginia's state Capitol, according to local law officials. Three other men were also arrested in Georgia this week and have been linked to the same group as the men who allegedly planned the attack at Virginia capitol.All six of the men are believed to be connected to a violent, white supremacist group called "the Base," The Wall Street Journal reports. The Georgia trio was arrested Wednesday for conspiring to murder a Georgia couple.

The rally comes as Virginia senators have been debating a package of gun -control bills. The Democrat-led Senate advanced legislation limiting handgun purchases to once a month, requiring universal Trump warns of ' attack ' on 2nd Amendment ahead of Virginia gun rights rally .

Trump says Second Amendment is ' under very serious attack ' in Virginia ahead of gun -rights rally . Supporters say more restrictive laws would help decrease the number of people killed by guns each year. Gun -rights activists assert the constitution guarantees their right to possess any firearm.

"Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia," Trump wrote in a post on Twitter Friday night, referring to the amendment in the Bill of Rights that gives Americans the right to keep and bear firearms. "That's what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away."

The Virginia Senate late on Thursday passed bills to require background checks on all firearms sales, limit handgun purchases to one a month, and restore local governments' right to ban weapons from public buildings and other venues.

Gun-control activists have reported a growing number of online death threats as the lawmakers press on and ahead of a rally by arms enthusiasts on Monday in Richmond, the state capital, which authorities are trying to keep from becoming violent.

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The rally comes as Virginia senators have been debating a package of gun -control bills. The Democrat-led Senate advanced legislation limiting handgun purchases to once a month, requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, and allowing localities to ban guns in public

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that the United States' Constitution Trump ’s comment comes as Virginia lawmakers move toward enacting tougher gun laws and gun control activists report an increase in online death threats ahead of a rally on Monday by arms enthusiasts that authorities

a man holding a sign: Supporters of Confederate statues and symbols in Lexington, Virginia© Reuters/JONATHAN DRAKE Supporters of Confederate statues and symbols in Lexington, Virginia Both Virginia legislative houses are expected to pass the new laws including universal background checks, a ban on assault rifles, and "red flag" laws that would allow courts and local law enforcement to remove guns from people deemed a risk to communities, among other measures.

Supporters say more restrictive laws would help decrease the number of people killed by guns each year. Gun-rights activists assert that the constitution guarantees their right to possess any firearm.

Militias, neo-Nazis and other groups have vowed to swarm the capital and police are expecting several thousand people at the pro-gun rally on Monday.

On Thursday, the FBI arrested three members of a small neo-Nazi group who authorities said hoped to ignite a race war through violent acts at the rally, reminiscent of a 2017 white supremacist rally in nearby Charlottesville.

That rally proved a critical moment in the rise of the "alt-right," a loose alignment of fringe groups centered on white nationalism and emboldened by Trump's 2016 election. Trump was criticized from the left and right for initially saying there were "fine people on both sides" of the dispute between neo-Nazis and their opponents at the rally.

(Reporting by Brad Brooks in Austin, Texas; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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