Trump supporters gather for gun rights in Virginia ahead of Biden swearing

Security has increased in state capitals across the United States ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. In Virginia, just a two-hour drive from Washington, DC, protesters and militia members appeared to lobby for gun control, but not in large numbers as the tense countdown to the transfer of power continues. Hard-line conservatives promise to continue voting – for the next four years.

Convoys of gun advocates, many of them ardent supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, converged on the city of Richmond to defend their cause. Of them, only a handful of right-wing extremist hard drive groups chose to march to the city center.

“Any additional gun legislation will be seen as an act of war,” Boogaloo Bois militia member Mike Dunn, armed and dressed in military fatigue, told Jowharin the Virginia capital. “We will not stand for it.”

FRANCE 24’s Catherine Norris Trent and James André submitted this report. To watch, click on the video player above.