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A gun-control event at the Virginia state capitol drew two hundred activists on Wednesday, a turnout dwarfed by the tens of thousands who have attended Second Amendment sanctuary meetings all over the state.
Moms Demand Action, a subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety, gathered supporters in Richmond to pressure lawmakers into passing stricter gun-control laws during the new legislative session. An email to the group's supporters included pictures showing several dozen activists at a meeting opening, and about 20 meeting with lawmakers and walking the halls of the Virginia state capitol building. A spokeswoman for the group told the Washington Free Beacon that 200 volunteers showed up to lobby lawmakers.
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The gun-control group's lobbying effort comes after pro-gun rights Virginians turned out across the state over two months to demand their municipalities become Second Amendment sanctuaries. Such sanctuaries would oppose new state gun legislation and refuse to enforce any laws that might pass. These events have seen thousands packing county meetings, organizers told the Free Beacon, far outnumbering Moms Demand Action's turnout. One hundred twenty-five localities have passed pro-gun resolutions, including 91 of the state's 95 counties.
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The apparent strength of the pro-gun rights contingent will be put to the test at upcoming events in Richmond organized by the NRA and the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL). If these events see greater turnout than Moms Demand Action's, it could sway enough of the newly elected Democrats in the party's slim legislative majority to block some of the proposals pushed by Governor Ralph Northam (D.).
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