Increased security, state of emergency amid Virginia weapons ban

Authorities have taken every precaution as thousands of gun rights advocates and some extremist groups are expected to protest new proposed gun legislation in Virginia.
1:32 | 01/20/20

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Thousands of people are expected to attend a gun rights rally in Richmond minus the guns. The government is declaring a state of emergency there which temporarily bans firearms. Victor Oquendo is on the scene for us. Good morning to you, Victor. Reporter: Good morning, T.J. Things are really starting to pick up now. This line stretches all the way down the block. A lot of people have been here for two hours leading up to the one entrance here at the state capitol. Doors open up at 7:00. Those who go inside will be we are expecting thousands of gun rights protesters along with members of extreme militias, protesting extreme legislation. Ahead of this rally, seven alleged white supremacists have been arrested. Authorities saying that at least three of them were planning on attending. The governor declaring a state of emergency and banning all weapons from capitol grounds. Now you can see this list of prohibited items, here at the top, firearms. While none of these are admitted, beyond where we're standing, all of those items are allowed. T.J.? No doubt, officials have learned from security lessons from charlottesville in 2017. Reporter: Absolutely, T.J. We're looking at a much bigger police presence, tighter perimeter. Should be much better this time around, and that ways ban is in place, T.J. Victor Oquendo this morning. Thank you so much.

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