DC Officials Monitoring Groups That Plan to Hold MAGA Rallies – NBC4 Washington

12November 2020

D.C. authorities are monitoring about a dozen groups that plan to hold demonstrations in the District this weekend.

Based upon social networks promos for the rallies, the majority of the groups appear to be conservative advocates of President Donald Trump who challenge the election results.

There are some groups that oppose the president likewise preparing to rally in D.C.

Police Chief Peter Newsham said the Metropolitan Police Department won't take sides but will impose the law.

“Regardless of your problem, we are going to welcome you with open arms, however the guidelines are really clear,” Newsham said. “We're not going to permit any violence and we're not going to allow anyone to hurt anybody.”

The Million MAGA March and Stop The Steal are preparing to rally at Freedom Plaza at noon Saturday, then march to the Supreme Court. Mayor Muriel Bowser informed reporters that D.C. authorities are monitoring a caravan of Trump supporters who are supposedly headed from Texas to D.C.

“We see some folks that are interacting on social media recommending that they're going to bring guns into our city,” Newsham said. “You can not open carry in the District of Columbia, throughout the District of Columbia.”

It is only legal to bring a gun outside the house in the District with a D.C.-issued concealed carry authorization, Newsham stated, however even with such a permit, firearms are restricted in the areas where the presentations will happen.

Chris Rodriguez, the director of DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, said he does not expect large crowds at any of the demonstrations, but D.C. police aren't taking any possibilities.

“MPD is being really proactive in regards to street closures, also making certain from a public messaging standpoint that individuals who come into the District know they can't bring weapons into our city, can't bring weapons into our city and that violence will not be tolerated,” Rodriguez said.

Cops released a list of more than 30 streets around the White House, U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court that will be closed throughout the day Saturday, as well as substantial parking restrictions downtown all weekend.Source: nbcwashington.com

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