County Administrator Erc Young laid out their thought process: “Our position is that Article I, Section 13, of the Constitution of Virginia reserves the right to ‘order’ militia to the localities,” Young said. “Therefore, counties, not the state, determine what types of arms may be carried in their territory and by whom. So, we are ‘ordering’ the militia by making sure everyone can own a weapon.”One thing I'm concerned about is the upcoming protest/rally in Richmond, because of the risk of a false-flag event. From what I hear, there are many who want to bring ARs and openly carry them at the protest/rally. There are some good reasons not to do so:
If the Governor or any other State entity tires to remove their Sheriff from office for disobeying unjust laws, they’ll face a legally assembled group of armed citizens standing against them.
The militia ordinance also calls for concealed weapons training for any county resident that is eligible to own a gun. Further, it called for the local public school to begin including firearm safety classes.
1. As noted, I'm concerned about a false-flag event. Anyone who has any knowledge of the militia movement in the 1990s knows that those organizations were rife with "informants" and undercover law enforcement trying to push or goad members into breaking the law. It is easy for internal security forces to insert someone into a crowd, or for a crazy Antifa member to start something. With the modern media, any event will be painted in the worst light against gun owners, and the open carry of weapons just makes it all the easier. It won't matter if gun owners are vindicated weeks or months down the road because the damage will have been done.
2. Law enforcement and other organizations are going to be filming the protest/rally to gather intelligence on who attends. By open carrying at such an event, you will just be giving them information as to what weapon(s) you own.
3. At this point, gun owners are in the civil disobedience stage, and so want to cast government and opposition groups in the worst light possible and gun owners in the best possible light. So no firearms, and simple coordinated talking points. Don't give interviews to the media. They hate you and will twist your words. Remember, the militia at Lexington and Concord did not march under arms into Boston to protest proposed seizures of arms, but let the British come to them and try to take them.
4. There may be opposition groups conducting counter-protests with yelling, cursing, shoving, etc., and tempers may flare, and you might do something that you will regret later.
But for those who decide to attend such rally, make sure to have lots of people filming everything from many different perspectives in case something happens.