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Virginia man gets probation, small fine, for stealing WWII dog tags from National Archives

A Virginia National Guard sergeant — who previously faced 1 year in prison — was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation Wednesday after being convicted of stealing World War II dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Maryland.

Robert Rumsby, 30, admitted taking the dog tags that belonged to four U.S. airmen killed in plane crashes in 1944, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court last May. Rumsby said his wife is the great-niece of one of the airmen killed, so he gave the dog tags to her grandmother as a gift, He said he gave another to a relative of one of the deceased airmen.

Rumsby added his mission was to give the tags to the families of the dead soldiers he met while researching a plane crash that killed his great uncle, according to Stars and Stripes.

MARYLAND MAN ALLEGEDLY FIRES NEARLY 200 ROUNDS AT LAW ENFORCEMENT IN STANDOFF, STRIKING NEIGHBOR, KILLING DOG

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A Virginia National Guard sergeant was sentenced after stealing World War II-era dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Md. (AP)

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“I think the intent was there. I think the approach was wrong. Even at the time, I knew the approach was wrong,” Rumsby told the outlet last May. “I had taken four identification tags from those record groups specifically for families I knew would treasure them.”

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo said the sentence was given to promote respect for the law and protect “national treasures” stored at the Maryland-based National Archives.

Rumsby’s defense attorney Peter Fayne had argued his client wasn’t motivated by greed.

VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD SERGEANT ACCUSED OF STEALING WWII-ERA DOGTAGS FROM NATIONAL ARCHIVES

“His heart and intent were in the right place, but he accepts full responsibility for the grave mistake he made,” Fayne said.

Rumsby reportedly was holding his infant daughter in his arms during the hearing, adding that he sent a letter to National Archives officials in 2011, asking if dog tags could be released to the relatives of soldiers. He said he hadn’t heard back.

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All of the dog tags have been returned to the archives, according to Christian Naylor, NARA’s chief operating officer.

DiGirolamo also ordered Rumsby to pay a $5,000 fine.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

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Tomi Lahren: Red flag laws would create domino effect of Dems infringing on 2nd Amendment rights

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“Red flag laws” are just the first in a long list of Democrats’ planned Second Amendment infringements, Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren said Wednesday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Lahren said that, to the average person, when talking about taking firearms from those deemed dangerous, it just sounds like common-sense gun safety reforms “until you realize that it’s actually an infringement on due process.”

She said that if the “red flag” legislation is passed, it could be a catalyst and, eventually, a “domino effect” that “could be really horrific for our Second Amendment rights.”

Lahren said that was part of the reason that more than 20,000 gun rights advocates were marching in the Capitol of Richmond, Va., on Monday.

VIRGINIA SHERIFF: AOC’S CLAIMS ABOUT GUN RIGHTS RALLY ‘NOT WORTHY OF RESPONSE’

Last week, four gun control-related bills advanced in Virginia’s General Assembly, setting the stage for a contentious showdown between gun-rights advocates and the Democratic lawmakers, who campaigned on bringing changes to the state following last year’s mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal complex.

The bills that sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee propose to require background checks on all firearms purchases; allow law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from people deemed to be a risk to themselves or others; limit handgun purchases to one a month and let localities decide on whether to ban weapons from certain events. To become law, the bills would have to pass the full state Senate and the House of Delegates before heading to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam‘s desk for his signature.

“But, this is what we talk about: elections have consequences and when you vote in an all-Democratic legislature, you give over control,” she explained. “Your rights, your freedoms, are going to be under attack as we are seeing in Virginia.”

“And,” Lahren added, “even the thousands of people marching saying we don’t want ou rights to be infringed upon — they’re going to be ignored. Because the Democrats have the votes, so they’re going to go onward.”

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“And again,” she told the “Friends” couch, “they start with red flag laws, but this is not where they are going to stop.”

“They have a whole list of things they want to do: a whole list of infringements,” she warned. “This is the first one. This is the one they find most palatable. But, it’s going to continue on and on and on. And, any infringement should worry about gun rights activists and that’s why they were marching on Monday.”

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report.

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Gun rights activist Colion Noir: Virginia gun control legislation is all about power

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Gun rights activist Colion Noir told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday that gun control legislation like the bills currently under consideration in Virginia affects minorities the most.

“The irony is, when they talk about gun control, where do you think they’re going to implement these laws the most? They’re going to implement them in the minority cities,” Noir said. “So they like to bring up the idea and the issue of race and how all of these white supremacist gun owners are going to come and start shooting people. Yet the people most affected by these gun control laws are the very people that they’re trying to manipulate to not exercise their rights.”

Noir was reacting to the massive gun-rights rally in Richmond, where thousands of people from across the country protested a push by Democrats in the commonwealth to pass more comprehensive gun control laws.

“When it comes to these politicians who are anti-gun when it comes to talking about issues that they’re even not doing that well on or things that they just don’t want to address, they always pivot to gun control because they see it as one of the easiest things to talk about,” Noir said on “Because they like to frame it under the guise of all of, ‘these crazy gun owners out here, we got to get the guns off the streets.'”

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The bills that sailed through the Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee last week would require background checks on all firearms purchases; allow law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from people deemed to be a risk to themselves or others; limit handgun purchases to one a month, and let localities decide whether to ban weapons from certain events. The bills still have to pass the full Senate and House of Delegates — both controlled by Democrats — before going to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature.

“We conclude that these gun control laws, all of these measures have nothing to do with actual safety. This has nothing to do with saving lives,” Noir said. “It is about accumulation of power and control. That’s what this is about. And it’s always been that way.”

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“When you own a firearm and you are a citizen who owns a firearm, you don’t completely and wholly depend on the government for your own safety,” he added. “You’ve now empowered yourself in taking safety into your own hands.”

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty and Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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Security measures heightened as thousands head to Richmond for large gun rights rally

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RICHMOND, Va. — Stacks of chain-link fencing, white-covered tents and rows of metal detectors were in place Sunday night around Richmond’s Capitol ahead of Monday’s widely-publicized gun rights rally. 

Thousands of people from across the country are expected to attend the demonstration demanding state Democrats drop a push for comprehensive gun control in the commonwealth.

Richmond, once the capital of the Confederacy, has been on high alert for days following threats of violence, including claims of a militia storming the Capitol to protesters weaponizing drones.

The fear, though, wasn’t enough to keep Maryanne Martin or her husband William away.

“All of our freedoms as Americans are under attack. We have to stand up for our rights.”

— Maryanne Martin, protester 

“All of our freedoms as Americans are under attack,” Martin told Fox News. “We have to stand up for our rights.”

The Martins, who live in Baltimore, Md., drove 160 miles to Richmond Sunday morning and spent much of the afternoon walking around the barricades in place around the Capitol.

“We wanted to check it out today,” she said. “If you ask me, it’s a bit of overkill.”

There had been concerns that white supremacists and anti-fascist activists would face off in Richmond but one of those activists, Molly Conger, tweeted Sunday that “there is no counter-demonstration planned for the january 20 convergence of armed militias on virginia’s capitol. please, please encourage anyone you know who is thinking about counter protesting this event to stay away from downtown richmond on monday.” (sic)

Also seen Sunday roaming the Capitol grounds was Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist being InfoWars.

Members associated with the Light Foot Militia, some of whom were banned from Charlottesville, Va., following the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally, are expected to attend Monday’s rally.  Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist, has also indicated he might make an appearance.

Security concerns have also led to road closures as well as a ban on firearms in the Capitol and on its grounds.

“A ban on guns at a gun rally… I’ve heard it all now,” Martin said.

An event memorializing victims of gun violence, and another honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., were also canceled due to safety concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration has banned drones within a 2-mile radius of the Capitol and nearby students at VCU and the Medical College of Virginia have been encouraged to stay indoors.

Virginia Citizens Defense League President Philip Van Cleave told Fox News it’s not the pro-gun groups that are stoking fear.

“It’s the Democrats,” he said. “It’s almost like they want something to happen. It sounds crazy but they keep doing it and you have to start wondering if that’s intentional.”

Cleave said membership in his organization has tripled in the past six weeks and that 10,000 people have signed up for free email alerts. He attributes the spike in popularity to Gov. Ralph Northam and Democrats in the state legislature. Van Cleave believes they have “declared war on gun owners” and is counting on gun-rights advocates to show up Monday to have their collective voices heard.

“It’s woken up gun owners across the state,” he said.

Jaylynne Sensy, a mother of three from Chesterfield County, told Fox News she’s planning on coming to the rally and bringing her three children with her.

“They’re trying to take our guns and that’s not going to happen,” she said. “We won’t stand for it. This wouldn’t happen if Republicans were still running things.”

In November, Democrats flipped the state Senate and the House of Delegates, giving them control of both the governor’s office and the legislature for the first time in a generation.

Following his re-election, Northam vowed to push through new gun-control measures, saying it was a top priority for Virginia Democrats. In doing so, he angered gun-rights advocates who believe he is trying to take away their rights.

That suspicion was fueled further on Friday when President Trump warned in a tweet that Virginia Democrats were threatening Americans’ right to bear arms.

“Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia. That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away. Republicans will win Virginia in 2020. Thank you Dems!” he tweeted.

Last week, three gun-control bills advanced in the General Assembly, setting the stage for a contentious showdown between gun-rights advocates and the Democratic lawmakers who campaigned on bringing changes to the state following last year’s mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal complex.

The bills that sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee would require background checks on all firearms purchases, allow law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from people deemed to be a risk to themselves or others, limit handgun purchases to one a month and let localities decide on whether to ban weapons from certain events. To become law, the bills would have to pass the full Senate and the House of Delegates before going to the governor for his signature.

In a symbolic sign of defiance, more than 100 municipalities in Virginia have designated themselves as a save haven or sanctuary for the Second Amendment. Lawmakers and authorities in those areas have said they will refuse to enforce new gun control laws the Virginia legislature passes.

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Monday’s rally comes about 2 1/2 years after a deadly incident in Charlottesville, Va. In that case, hundreds of white nationalists and their supporters gathered in Charlottesville – about 70 miles from Richmond – to demonstrate over plans to remove a Confederate statute. They were met by counter-protestors and violence quickly erupted. At one point, a vehicle drove into a crowd of counter-protestors killing one and injuring more than a dozen others.

Fearing a similar scenario, Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of Richmond’s rally.

“We have received credible intelligence from our enforcement agencies that there are groups with malicious plans for the rally that is planned for Monday,” Northam said during a press conference on Wednesday.

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert called the upcoming rally “a time for people to peacefully assemble and petition their government.”

“It is not a place for hate or violence… any group that comes to Richmond to spread white supremacist garbage, or any other form of hate, violence or civil unrest isn’t welcome here.”

— Todd Gilbert, House Republican leader 

“It is not a place for hate or violence,” he said in a statement. “Any group that comes to Richmond to spread white supremacist garbage, or any other form of hate, violence or civil unrest isn’t welcome here.”

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On Thursday, authorities announced the arrest of three men linked to the Base, a white extremist, anti-government group that has been tracked by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The men, who obtained weapons and discussed going to the Richmond rally, were charged with a number of federal crimes in Maryland.  A day later, law enforcement announced the arrest of at least four other men tied to the group.

Northam later said the majority of those planning to attend Monday’s rally had no interest in fanning the flames of hate but acknowledged there were still a few hellbent on it.

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D.J. Spiker: Virginia’s gun-control bills dangerous — this is how they fit into a nationwide effort

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The eyes of the nation are on Richmond, Va., as lawmakers consider a package of authoritarian gun control bills unlike anything our country has ever seen.

New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who poured millions of dollars into races across the commonwealth last year, bought a slim majority in the General Assembly. Bloomberg is now demanding a return on his investment – in the form of a broad ban on commonly owned firearms, gun registration, and outright gun confiscations.

None of these measures would do anything to make Americans safer or curb violent crime. That is why the National Rifle Association opposes these measures.

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Bloomberg’s ally in this effort is Gov. Ralph Northam — yes, THAT politician caught in the blackface scandal. Northam is pushing every single one of Bloomberg’s gun control schemes, including bans. One measure he supports would ban law-abiding citizens from owning America’s most popular all-purpose rifle, the AR-15. Virginians will soon have to turn in those firearms to the state, register them or face confiscation. We’re talking about a rifle that is owned by an estimated 17 million Americans and used for a variety of lawful purposes, including self-defense.

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Here are some facts. FBI data shows that four times as many individuals are killed with knives than with rifles of any kind. Data also shows that rifles were used in fewer homicides than blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.) or personal weapons such as hands, fists and feet.

In addition, a federal ban on so-called assault weapons shows that it didn’t curb crime. A 1997 Department of Justice-funded study of the Clinton gun ban found, “At best, the assault weapons ban can have only a limited effect on total gun murders because the banned weapons and magazines were never involved in more than a modest fraction of all gun murders.” A follow-up study, also funded by the Justice Department, determined that “the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”

Presented with the overwhelming evidence of the ban’s inefficacy, Congress did not renew it. More recently, in 2018 a RAND Corporation study found no conclusive evidence that such bans have an effect on mass shootings or violent crime.  Yet, Northam and Bloomberg want it.

Instead of seeking to punish law-abiding Americans for the acts of violent criminals, lawmakers should focus on expanding opportunities for honest, hard-working Americans to defend themselves.

Another Northam-backed measure – so-called universal background checks – would force law-abiding gun owners to pay government fees and comply with additional mandates simply to share a shotgun with a buddy on a hunting trip or lend a handgun to a friend in crisis who may need to borrow it to defend against someone who is threatening their life.

So-called universal background checks won’t keep guns out of the hands of criminals because criminals don’t comply with the law. According to the Justice Department, 75 percent of criminals in state and federal prison who had possessed a firearm during their offense acquired it through theft, the black market or through a criminal associate. Researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the UC Davis School of Medicine found that “comprehensive background checks … were not associated with changes in firearm suicide or homicide.”

Bloomberg claims that “92 percent of Americans” support criminalizing private firearms transfers. That’s 100 percent bogus. When citizens have voted on the issue – it’s either been rejected or voted into law with slim majorities. Washington State’s 2014 ballot initiative was approved by only 59 percent of the voters. Two years later, a majority of the voters in Maine rejected a background check measure. While in Nevada, a similar measure passed with the thinnest of margins, just 50.5 percent of the vote.

Instead of seeking to punish law-abiding Americans for the acts of violent criminals, lawmakers should focus on expanding opportunities for honest, hard-working Americans to defend themselves. Americans use firearms for self-defense multiple times a day. Lives are saved.

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Bloomberg’s Virginia plan is a template for what he wants to do in every state, and nationally if he is elected president. He will use his billions to take away our fundamental right to self-defense.

Bloomberg and Northam have gotten the attention of every law-abiding gun owner in Virginia, and indeed, the country. All of us must stand united in fighting to protect our freedom and right to self-defense.

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Virginia city official brings AR-15-style rifle to council meeting – triggering some colleagues

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A city official in Virginia showed support for the Second Amendment earlier this week by bringing an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle to a city council meeting.

The move by Portsmouth Councilman Nathan Clark came as the council was to consider making the city a “Second Amendment Constitutional City” – placing it in symbolic opposition to gun-control efforts underway in the newly Democrat-controlled state Assembly.

The proposal, debated before a capacity audience in the council chambers, passed 4-3, according to the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

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Clark’s gesture also came as the state prepares for a controversial gun-rights rally scheduled for Monday in Richmond, the state capital.

But he apparently angered at least two members of the council in Portsmouth, an Atlantic coast city about 97 miles from Richmond.

The council critics said Clark should have told them in advance that he planned to bring the weapon – and one of them asked Clark to apologize for not doing so.

“It was a disgrace, disheartening and an embarrassment,” Vice Mayor Lisa Lucas-Burke wrote to the council Thursday, according to the newspaper. “Most of us were blindsided by the display.” Lucas-Burke was among three council members who voted against the “Constitutional City” designation. The others were Councilman Shannon Glover and Mayor John Rowe. Glover had complained of being blindsided by Clark’s gesture, the report said.

Another critic was Fred Guttenberg, father of one of the victims of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting in February 2018, who accused Clark of “open intimidation” and called on him to resign.

Clark told Norfolk’s WTKR-TV that he was looking to make a point about gun rights.

“I had a lot of people come and talk to me after it,” Clark told the station. “No one appeared intimidated. There [were] police officers that were there. They were aware that I had it.”

Others on the council were supportive of Clark’s stand.

“I do not believe that Council(man) Clark needs to apologize for exercising his right as a law enforcement officer to carry his weapon to a public meeting,” Councilman Bill Moody wrote, according to the Virginian-Pilot. “I can appreciate liberals’ knee jerk reactions but if they have a problem with the law they should use the system they now control to change it.”

Clark himself did not respond to the newspaper’s request for a comment. But the paper reported that Clark had issued a press release announcing his plan to bring the weapon to the meeting.

Meanwhile, Virginia’s gun owners received some support from President Trump on Friday. The president claimed in a Twitter message that the Second Amendment was “under very serious attack” in the commonwealth.

“That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats,” Trump wrote, “they will take your guns away.”

Earlier this week, Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, declared a state of emergency and said he was temporarily banning individuals from carrying firearms and other weapons on Capitol grounds 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.

Pro-gun activists have challenged that order.

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“The only anti-gun ppl you’ll see in Virginia on the 20th will be the government and they’ll have guns,” one Twitter user observed. “Think about that for a second.”

But a Richmond Circuit Court judge upheld Northam’s order, denying a lawsuit brought forth by the Virginia Citizens Defense League as well as Gunowners of America seeking an injunction against the Democratic governor’s ban.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this story.

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Rep. Brian Mast: Politically motivated Dems tried to ‘steal’ moment of reflection for fallen soldiers

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Congressional Democrats in a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday tried to “steal” a moment of reflection about fallen U.S. military members because it didn’t align with their political agenda, retired Army Ranger and double amputee Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., said Friday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” along with Virginia Republican congressional candidate Rob Jones and Wisconsin Republican congressional candidate Jason Church, Mast argued that the criticism of the operation that took out Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani further proved the need for veterans in Congress. All three men lost their legs in combat.

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The hearing Mast was alluding to had been called to discuss U.S. foreign policy with regard to Iran, following Soleimani’s death and the rogue nation’s retaliatory attack on American coalition forces in Iraq.

When it came his turn to speak, Mast told lawmakers: “If you walk out this hallway, you are going to come to several beautiful walls that have the names of our fallen service members from the war on terror. And, I would ask: can any of you provide me one name on that wall that doesn’t justify killing Soleimani?” he asked to resounding silence.

“I got two minutes and 30 seconds,” the Florida Republican continued. “I’ll be more than happy to sit here and wait. Somebody provide me with a name on that wall that does not justify his killing.”

As Mast sat and waited, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., attempted to move the hearing along, telling Mast, “you’ve made your point” and “you’re out of order.”

“Look, I just wanted them to have to answer an honest question, because they are trying to debate all of these semantics about whether we should have killed this terrorist that killed Americans…hundreds of Americans across the country that was because of Soleimani and force them to answer this question. Not give them a pass on it,” Mast explained.

“And, what did they do?” he asked. “They tried to steal a moment of reflection about our fallen service members — friends of mine, friends of Jason, friends of Rob — because it didn’t fit their political agenda.”

“They tried to silence us; we can’t let them do it,” he told Hegseth.

“I think veterans are kind of necessary representatives in Congress because we are experts at selflessness and we are experts at sacrificing of ourselves for the greater good,” Jones remarked. “And, those are two requirements – in my opinion – for somebody that’s going to be a representative.”

Church added that watching Mast take a stand showed “the power of an individual that’s inspired by something that he has seen and experienced in the harshest of circumstances.”

“And, we have all seen that,” he said. “And, we have seen the destruction that Qassem Soleimani has done. We have seen it firsthand.”

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“This man was a terrorist,” Church continued, “So, I applaud Brian for what you were talking about there and I applaud the president for his actions. Because, at the end of the day, this has saved countless lives and – in my opinion – is preventing another war.”

“The one thing I can tell you if you want to serve in Washington: do it the way that people did in combat — without personal gain and without regard for personal sacrifice,” Mast said. “Any other way, you don’t belong here.”

Fox News’ Nick Givas contributed to this report.

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Northam’s Virginia Capitol weapons ban upheld by judge ahead of pro-gun rally

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A Richmond Circuit Court judge upheld Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order temporarily banning guns on Capitol Grounds to prevent violent uprisings at a gun rally scheduled for Monday, despite pushback from pro-gun groups.

Judge Joi Taylor denied a lawsuit brought forth by the Virginia Citizens Defense League — a pro-Second Amendment nonprofit group and organizer of the “Lobby Day” rally — as well as  Gunowners of America seeking an injunction against the Democratic governor’s ban.

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David Browne, an attorney representing the gun-rights groups, argued that prohibiting rallygoers from carrying guns would violate their Second Amendment right to bear arms and their First Amendment right to free speech because carrying guns is a form of symbolic speech.

The court disagreed, and Taylor wrote in a three-page opinion filed Thursday that “the Capitol Grounds ban [on weapons] does not impinge upon a right protected by the Second Amendment.”

Northam defended the ban after the ruling saying: “I took this action to protect Virginians from credible threats of violence. These threats are real — as evidenced by reports of neo-Nazis arrested this morning after discussing plans to head to Richmond with firearms.”

The court’s ruling came hours after the FBI announced they had arrested three people in Maryland with ties to a violent white-supremacist group, who allegedly intended to attend the rally and commit acts of violence against blacks and Jews. The suspects also discussed ways to make improvised explosive devices and their desire to create a white “ethnostate,” in encrypted online chat rooms, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit.

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Northam implemented the ban Wednesday based on “credible intelligence” from “mainstream channels, both offline and online, such as alternative dark web channels used by violent groups and white nationalists from outside Virginia,” which law enforcement says have “malicious plans” that include storming the state Capitol building and stirring up violence at Monday’s rally.

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The reinvention of Ralph Northam: Scandal-scarred guv woos left with focus on gun control, race issues

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was on the brink of political banishment last year when an old yearbook photo featuring blackface and a KKK costume led to calls for his resignation, but nearly a year later he appears to be not only surviving but thriving.

It was February 2019 when the Democratic governor came under fire for the image, which appeared on his page in Eastern Virginia Medical School’s 1984 yearbook, prompting a call from his own party to step down.

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“We stand with Democrats across Virginia and the country calling him to immediately resign,” the Virginia Democratic Party said in a statement at the time. The statement called for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to take over, “heal Virginia’s wounds and move us forward.”

Northam apologized, but later insisted that he was not one of the people in the photo. The school conducted a 727-hour investigation that could not conclude who was in the image.

Cut to January 2020, and Northam is still in office, leading Democrats who have taken control of both houses of the state legislature for the first time since 1996.

Northam is rehabilitating himself within the party, in large part by championing liberal policies on issues including gun control and marijuana. Proposed gun restrictions include an assault weapons ban, an increase in the minimum age for gun purchases, and required background checks for all sales.

The governor even increased the state’s corrections budget to handle what he expects to be a higher number of incarcerations due to new gun laws.

The Virginia gun control push has drawn national attention, including from gun-rights groups. As Democrats prepared to assume control in Richmond heading into 2020, the proposals led more than 100 Virginia cities, towns, and counties to declare themselves “gun sanctuaries.”

Regarding marijuana, Northam has pushed for decriminalization as part of criminal justice reforms that would also raise the age at which people can be tried as adults and increase the amount needed for a theft to be deemed a felony.

Northam’s initiatives and time in the spotlight essentially mark a return from the political dead — but he benefited in part, ironically, from other scandals in his administration.

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First, in the days following the yearbook photo controversy, Fairfax – who was next in line – faced sexual assault allegations from two women. He denied them. On top of that, state Attorney General Mark Herring, who would have been in line after Fairfax, admitted that he also wore blackface in the 1980s when he was 19 years old.

If all three men were pushed into resignation, the governorship would have gone to Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox, a Republican. Virginia Democrats ultimately dropped the calls for Northam’s resignation, and also backed off calls for Fairfax’s impeachment.

J. Miles Coleman of the University of Virginia Center for Politics said Northam was “lucky” with this turn of events.

“As perception is important in politics, Northam’s transgression seemed relatively less odious,” he told Fox News. “Second, as all three top state officials were ‘tainted’ to some degree, the issue of succession, if one (or all) of them stepped down, seemed like a potentially chaotic prospect.”

Northam made the best of the unlikely turn of events by then making amends with the black community. He hired the state’s first director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and established a commission to go through state statutes and remove provisions left over from the Jim Crow era and other racist language. He also pushed for a change in how black history was taught in schools.

He expressed remorse and acknowledged his past errors. During an event that commemorated the arrival of the first slaves from Africa 400 years earlier, Northam addressed a mostly black audience.

“I’ve had to confront some painful truths,” Northam said. “Among those truths was my own incomplete understanding involving race and equity.”

The mea culpa may have worked in the end.

“Generally, the American public is fairly forgiving,” Coleman said, referring to other incidents involving former governors Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Edwin Edwards of Louisiana. Coleman noted that “part of this may be due to our collectively short memories,” and the rapidly changing news cycles.

“Northam’s approach of simply riding out the storm will likely be used by future politicians in similar situations,” Coleman predicted.

He also posited that the online outrage over Northam’s yearbook photo “didn’t necessarily line up with broader public opinion.”

The result is a situation where the media that once pilloried Northam for the blackface photo have now come to embrace him, with a Washington Post editorial hailing his political resurrection and essentially nixing their prior call for his resignation.

Not everyone was as forgiving, however, as plenty of observers ridiculed the Post for their about-face.

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Regardless, the current perception of Northam in his state may best be summed up by what Virginia resident Tanisha Kelly told The New York Times in November, following Democrats’ victory at the polls.

“I kind of forgot about the blackface until you brought it up just now,” she said.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gun control standoff heats up in Virginia as ‘sanctuaries’ grow, big votes loom

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A battle over gun control in Virginia with national implications is heating up as the legislature prepares to vote on sweeping new restrictions and localities band together to defy them in growing numbers.

Virginians turned out to debate the measures at public budget hearings on Thursday, less than a week before the General Assembly’s first legislative session of 2020. Both the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) and Gun Owners of America specifically warned about Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s related budget proposal, which directs $250,000 for the Department of Corrections to incarcerate people as a result of new restrictions.

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Another measure included over $4 million and 18 “authorized positions” — part of an apparent team that Second Amendment groups warn could be used to enforce an assault weapons ban. The new General Assembly is expected to vote on two bills in particular – SB 18 and SB 16 – which would ban assault weapons, raise the minimum age of purchase to 21 and require background checks for any firearms transfer.

In the run-up to the session and following state elections in November, a defiant protest movement has taken shape that could influence similar movements in other states. More than 100 cities, towns and counties have passed “sanctuary” resolutions meant to flout an assault weapons ban and other proposals.

According to local outlets, activists on both sides of the debate raised concerns during a hearing in Suffolk.

“This is not about gun safety, public safety, or whatever you want to call it,” one speaker said, according to WTKR. “It’s about control of people based solely on a radical, political, extremist agenda.” The meeting in Suffolk was “packed,” according to WAVY, and included at least 100 speakers — although it’s unclear how many spoke about gun control.

Moms Demand Action, a pro-gun control group, pushed gun safety provisions. “We know that, as it has been proven, gun safety laws save lives,” a representative from the group reportedly said.

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Other meetings took place in Manassas, Richmond, and Blacksburg on Thursday.

“We must be focused on making it more difficult for criminals to access firearms and addressing the behavior behind these instances of mass violence instead of infringing our American constitutional rights,” Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., told Fox News on Thursday.

“I am against the current laws put forth by the General Assembly to restrict firearm purchases and I will remain committed to preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess, and use firearms.”

Yet Northam’s attorney general, Mark Herring, already rejected the notion that local resolutions would have any legal effect. “It is my opinion that these resolutions have no legal effect,” he said in an advisory opinion from Dec. 20.

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“It is my further opinion that localities and local constitutional officers cannot nullify state laws and must comply with gun violence prevention measures that the General Assembly may enact.”

Nearly a week later, the VCDL issued a memo denouncing Herring’s opinion.

“This radical view is demonstrably false, and ignores the significance of the fact that local officials are required by law to take an oath to support the federal and state constitutions above the laws enacted by the General Assembly,” the group said in a memo dated Dec. 26.

The memo framed sanctuary resolutions as attempts to avoid conflict, but again warned that localities wouldn’t cooperate if the General Assembly implemented the new restrictions.

“However, Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolutions announce that, should the government in Richmond act lawlessly, then local officials and the People they represent will not cooperate and may take steps to actively resist,” it read.

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Neither the governor’s office nor the attorney general’s responded to Fox News’ request for comment. Gov. Northam struggled to push gun control through the previous General Assembly and has faced political backlash over infamous photos showing him in blackface during his youth. However, as the political establishment seemed to move past the controversy, it appeared as though Democrats were united on gun control before the 2020 session.

The debate could refocus 2020 races even more on the Second Amendment as the sanctuary movement gained traction in the state. One gun store reported a 200 percent increase in sales after Democrats won the legislature last year — a trend that many stores have historically seen with the prospect of new gun restrictions.

VCDL claimed that Thursday’s meetings, along with other local gatherings on the issue, saw substantial attendance. It’s unclear how many of the attendees were reacting to the gun control measures.

Virginia Democrats like Rep. Abigail Spanberger could feel the heat from voters as the GA activity fuels ever more sanctuary resolutions. As recently as the end of December, Fauquier County approved a measure opposing gun control legislation.

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According to a map from VCDL, much of Spanberger’s district has already approved those measures. “Rep. Spanberger is committed to protecting and upholding all of our constitutional rights, including our Second Amendment rights,” a Spanberger spokesperson told Fox News on Thursday.

“She is also committed to protecting the safety of families, children, and law enforcement officers across Central Virginia and the country — and therefore supports common-sense, gun violence prevention measures at the federal level, such as the bipartisan background checks legislation she helped pass earlier this year.”

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Spanberger’s office appeared to address potential conflicts between the state and localities, saying: “As a former law enforcement officer, Rep. Spanberger believes firmly in the rule of law — and as there are legal and jurisdictional challenges that may arise from the intended designation of special status zones in a Dillon Rule state such as Virginia, she will continue to engage with her constituents and closely observe the efforts of the localities she represents.”

The Dillon Rule refers to guidelines governing the relationship between state and local governments.

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