The Washington, D.C., Police Department is warning protestors that they better leave their guns at home. A series of rallies planned in an effort to show support for President Donald Trump and his belief that the presidential election was illegitimate has the D.C. police force on edge. As a result, law enforcement is warning the rally attendees to not bring firearms to any of the events.
Statement From D.C. Mayor
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a statement that reminded rally attendees that they are not allowed to carry a firearm within 1,000 feet of any activity that promotes the First Amendment. In addition, it is not lawful to carry a firearm at the grounds of the U.S. Capitol or on any property operated by the National Park Service.
This includes the entirety of the National Mall, the Ellipse, and Freedom Plaza. All of these places are popular destinations for protestors to gather during times of civil unrest.
In her plea, Bowser also asked residents of the nation’s capital to stay home and to not engage with the protestors. The U.S. Capitol Police feel confident in their abilities to contain the masses and maintain peace throughout the protests and rallies.
Protest to Begin on Tuesday
According to the Washington Post, there are at least four unique protests planned for this week as Congress meets on Wednesday to certify the results of the November election. The marches and protests will begin on Tuesday night. In a tweet on Sunday, Trump encouraged his supporters to get out to the rallies, indicating that he would also make an appearance.