What we know about the MLK Day gun-rights rally in Richmond, Virginia

White nationalists who were arrested last week had plans to attend the rally.

Virginia State Capitol

Chain-link fence has been set in place on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol ahead of a gun rights advocates and militia members rally in Richmond, Virginia
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Three white supremacists were arrested last week on federal charges that the FBI said are connected to the upcoming gun-rights rally in Virginia. 

According to the NBC News report, the FBI said it arrested two suspects, Brian Lemley, Jr., 33, of Maryland and Delaware, and William Bilbrough IV, 19, of, Maryland, on charges of transporting and harboring aliens.

The men are accused of being members of a white supremacist group known as The Base. The third man arrested, Patrik Mathews, 27 of Canada, was on charges of being an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Matthews is a recruiter for the white supremacist group, NBC News said. 

A report from Vice from August 2019 describes The Base as a “militant neo-nazi group focused on providing paramilitary-style training to far-right extremists.” 

The FBI said the arrests were in connection with the upcoming rally, which all three men had planned to attend, per NBC News. 

The men had reportedly been under surveillance by the FBI for months, per NBC.

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