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State officials warning about potential violence ahead of gun-rights rally in Va.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State officials and U.S. hate-monitoring groups are warning about the potential for violence ahead of a gun-rights rally in Virginia that's expected to draw a mix of militias, firearms advocates and white supremacists to Richmond.

Citing credible threats of violence, Gov. Ralph Northam declared a temporary state of emergency days ahead of Monday's rally, banning all weapons including guns from Capitol Square.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says that threats of violence have been "rampant" online among anti-government and far-right groups.

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