‘Rolling 4 the 2a’: Local activists travel to Richmond on Lobby Day for gun rights

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RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Local gun rights activists are traveling to Richmond Monday for Lobby Day.

Caravans “rolling for the 2a” — that being the Second Amendment — are heading to Richmond to address their concerns to legislators on what is known as Lobby Day, the same day as Martin Luther King Day.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), a gun-rights group, are attending the event which they have held since 2002.

10 On Your Side’s Kaylas Gaskins was on the scene as caravans from Hampton left to rally for less gun control.

At least 50 cars and counting want to show their support for gun rights.

The caravans will arrive and leave Richmond at different points but they will all pass through Richmond on Broad Street between I195 and I95. The earliest ones will arrive around noon, and the latest at about 3 p.m.

Last year, 22,000 people showed up to Lobby Day, many of them armed, and it was a peaceful gathering.

VCDL organizer Philip Van Cleave previously told 10 On Your Side the caravans will be “led by big buses decked out with gun rights statements.”

Virginia State Police opened new Facebook and Twitter pages to keep citizens posted on security plans for Lobby Day 2021 and the 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly.

The previous week, the FBI issued a serious warning that all 50 state capitals over the next few weeks are at risk for attacks that are similar to the insurrection that took place at the Capitol Building on January 6.

Virginia politics and policy reporter Graham Moomaw for The Virginia Mercury shared photos of the event on social media.

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Amtrak issues travel advisory, halts some Virginia routes ahead of Inauguration Day

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Amtrak has issued a travel advisory in Washington D.C. ahead of Inauguration Day.

Amtrak will continue to operate service as scheduled, except for some services in Virginia, KTLA sister station WAVY reports.

There will be no Northeast Regional service south of Washington D.C., including all Virginia stations on Tuesday and Wednesday,  Jan. 19 and 20. The Carolinian, which travels between Charlotte and New York City, will only operate between Raleigh and Charlotte.

Amtrak says they are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of employees and customers in Washington and across the nation after the violent attacks on the U.S. Capitol.

Detours, as well as pedestrian and traffic patterns, have been put in place around Washington Union Station, which will require more time for people to get to the station.

“After last week’s violent attack on the U.S. Capitol,  we are taking extra steps to continue ensuring the safety of our employees and customers in Washington DC and across our network as we prepare for the Inauguration,” Amtrak officials said.

In addition to limiting ticket sales and requiring masks to be worn at all times, officials are increasing police enforcement to ensure strong compliance, remove non-complying customers, and ban those that don’t follow Amtrak’s policies.

This includes, according to Amtrak, deploying additional Amtrak Police officers on board trains and in stations to support frontline staff, and utilizing additional support from TSA and partner law enforcement agencies.

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