Virginia's attorney general urges justices to prevent tragic rally violence

Gun rights protesters hold signs prior to the start of a meeting of the Senate Judiciary committee at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The Committee passed several bills related to gun laws. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is urging the state Supreme Court to reject an effort to overturn a ban on guns at a rally that's expected to draw tens of thousands of activists to Richmond.

Chaos and even violence is feared at Monday's rally.

Herring argues that Gov. Ralph Northam's executive order banning guns from the state Capitol grounds is necessary to prevent a repeat of what happened at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, where one woman was killed and more than 30 other people were hurt.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America say the ban violates their First and Second Amendment rights. 

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