Armed Black Lives Matter activists and right-wing groups gather at the Richmond Open Carry march in a unified support of the 2nd Amendment
- At least 200 protesters proudly took to the streets near Capitol Square with their semiautomatic and other firearms in Richmond, VA
- The rally drew members of Black Lives Matter who supported arms rights and right-wing conservative groups
- It also served as a memorial to Duncan Lemp, a 21-year-old man who was fatally shot in his Maryland home in March during a no-knock police attack.
Armed Black Lives Matter activists and right-wing groups came together in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday in a joint statement of support for the 2nd amendment at an Open Carry meeting.
At least 200 people, most of them proud with rifles, semiautomatic weapons and other firearms, gathered outside Capitol Square to protest gun control and violations of constitutional rights.
Hosted by the activist group Virginia Knights, the rally also served as a memorial to Duncan Lemp, a 21-year-old man who was fatally shot in his Maryland home during a police raid in March.
United: Armed Black Lives Matter groups and right-wing activists gathered on Saturday in a meeting in Richmond to support the 2nd amendment
Scores of activists, the majority armed with rifles, semiautomatic weapons and other firearms, collected July 4 near Capitol Square
The Open Carry March event was hosted by the Virginia Knights activist group vowing to fight ‘unconstitutional laws’ that threatened their right to bear arms
“This July 4th meeting should show that gun owners won’t be trampled on! We are citizens who demand that our rights to the second amendment be protected by the very people who have sworn an oath to protect us. All gun laws are a violation and unconstitutional! read the Facebook event.
“Duncan Socrates Lemp had wrongly murdered our brother in his sleep [under] the same laws in Maryland that Governor Northam signed in VA. ‘
Organizers said they wanted to show Governor Northam “that we are strong as patriots, Americans and free men and women.”
Photos showed protesters, from both sides of the political spectrum, mingling while exercising their right to bear arms.
Among the guests was Virginia state senator Amanda Chase, who is running for the governor.
The rally drew supporters from both sides of the political spectrum, including armed Black Lives Matter activists and right-wing conservative groups
The gun enthusiasts gathered to protest laws that required background checks and purchase limits on firearms. Picture: demonstrators proudly exercise their 2nd right to change
Rival groups gathered in a joint show in support of Saturday’s 2nd Amendment on Independence Day
Black Lives Matter activists, many wearing protective face covers and masks, raise their fists in support of the cause and arms rights
Activist group met on July 4 to protest open carry laws and honor Duncan Lemp – a 21-year-old fatally shot in a no-knock raid
Tied with a gun, Chase spoke to activists about her stance on the police and the ongoing protests taking place across the country.
“We don’t tolerate bad apples,” she said.
“We usually have good police officers who do the right thing. And I don’t believe in defrauding the police, but we have to help people who have mental health problems. We need to add more, not take it away, ”she added.
The event will take place six months after an arms game in Virginia that drew more than 22,000 armed activists to the state’s main building to protest gun control legislation that was making its way through the new democratically controlled state legislator.
The protest came after Governor Northam banned the carrying of weapons from the Capitol.
Virginia Senator Amanda Chase, who runs for the governor as governor, was the main guest at the meeting. She is pictured arriving with her pistol