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Richmond Implements Weapons Ban, Crowd Size Limit For Statue Rallies

Richmond, Va., ended a ban on Confederate monument rallies Monday, but imposed a weapons ban and crowd size limit for future demonstrations.

Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe ended a temporary ban on rallies at Confederate statues in Richmond, reported Richmond Times-Dispatch. Activists, however, are not allowed to bring guns and no more than 500 people may attend protests, according to emergency regulations issued by the governor.

Protesters must obtain permits for rallies at which they expect more than 10 people.

McAuliffe established a Virginian task force to implement new, permanent rules, but the emergency regulations will take effect for at least a year and a half.

“Let me be clear, this executive order has nothing to do with infringing upon first amendment rights,” McAuliffe had said when he banned protests in August, reported The Washington Post. “This is a temporary suspension, issued with the singular purpose of creating failsafe regulations to preserve the health and well-being of our citizens and ensuring that nothing like what occurred in Charlottesville happens again.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to McAuliffe for comment, but received none in time for press.

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