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Dozens of Armed Protesters Rallying for Second Amendment Near Capitol Building in Richmond

© REUTERS / LEAH MILLISMike Dunn, a member of the Boogaloo Boys movement, attends a gathering outside the Virginia State Capitol on Lobby Day, a day traditionally set aside for the public to lobby lawmakers, in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. January 18, 2021
Mike Dunn, a member of the Boogaloo Boys movement, attends a gathering outside the Virginia State Capitol on Lobby Day, a day traditionally set aside for the public to lobby lawmakers, in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. January 18, 2021 - Sputnik International
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RICHMOND (Sputnik) - Dozens of armed protesters from groups like the Proud Boys and the Boogaloo Bois are rallying in support of the Second Amendment near the Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Monday.

The Capitol was closed off days ago in anticipation of protests. Likewise many streets are shut down, and a heavy presence of law enforcement can be seen on the ground.

The protesters are wearing masks and many have rifles.

The gathering of gun rights activists known as 'Lobby Day' takes place every year and aims at raising concerns with lawmakers.

This year, the event has gathered much smaller numbers due to the pandemic and the tense atmosphere in the country ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

The protest has remained peaceful amid security concerns across the United States after the January 6 events in the country’s capital.

Preparations are made prior to a dress rehearsal ahead of the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies on the West Front at the U.S. Capitol on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC - Sputnik International
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