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Virginia senate to gather on ‘Lobby Day’ under heightened security

Security fencing surrounds the Capitol Square complex in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, as authorities brace for possible demonstrations. (AP Photo/John C. Clark)
Security fencing surrounds the Capitol Square complex in Richmond, Va., on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, as authorities brace for possible demonstrations. (AP Photo/John C. Clark) (John C. Clark www.clarkmedia1980.com)

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia state lawmakers will be meeting under heightened security Monday amid concerns about possible civil unrest in state capitals in the days leading up to President elect-Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Monday is also expected to bring a large showing of gun-rights supporters to Richmond.

It marks the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and what’s informally known as lobby day, where citizens traditionally meet with lawmakers.

Gun-rights activists typically make a large, organized appearance each year, and this year planned a series of caravans that intend to drive through the city decked out in pro-gun messages.

The main organizer has pledged the event will be peaceful.