Capitol Police on Friday issued a reminder to those taking part in the Call to Action for Racial Equality-sponsored rally starting at 5 p.m. Sunday at the North Plaza of the Statehouse to observe a long-standing ban on bringing all types of firearms and multiple categories of knives, bludgeons or other weapons to the State Capitol complex.
In the wake of recent violence at the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Capitol Police have specifically prohibited sticks, including those attached to signs, helmets, shields, water guns or pistols or pepper spray.
Bicycles and pets also are prohibited for the duration of Sunday’s rally, as is the wearing of masks, hoods or other face coverings, according to Capitol Police. Additionally, backpacks, coolers and bags brought to the Capitol campus are subject to search.
Safety and security measures are being coordinated with multiple law enforcement agencies and the Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, according to Capitol Police.