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Weapons Ban at Gun Rally Upheld, Arrests of Extremists

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A gun-rights group has filed an emergency appeal of a judge's ruling upholding a ban on firearms at a rally expected to draw thousands of gun activists to Virginia next week.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking an injunction against the ban, which Gov. Ralph Northam imposed for a planned rally Monday near the Virginia Capitol.

A judge ruled within hours that the governor has the authority to take action related to "safety and welfare" in Virginia.

But Late Thursday, the gun-rights groups asked the Supreme Court of Virginia to issue an order prohibiting enforcement of the ban.   


GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — FBI agents have arrested a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist and two other men who authorities say are linked to a violent white supremacist group.

The men were believed to be heading to a pro-gun rally next week in Virginia’s capital.

A Justice Department news release says the three men are members of The Base.

They were arrested Thursday on federal charges in a criminal complaint unsealed in Maryland.

A law enforcement official says the men were believed to be planning to attend a pro-gun rally planned for Monday in Richmond.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss an active investigation.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.