Hours before dawn on Monday, a bus packed with gun-rights advocates is scheduled to leave Pulaski County on a 230-mile trek to Richmond. Don Holt, whose sporting goods store is chartering the bus, isn’t expecting a single empty seat.
Holt, 62, said there’s much energy and anticipation leading up to a rally Monday that organizers expect to bring tens of thousands of people to the steps of Virginia’s Capitol to argue against gun-control measures Democratic lawmakers are putting forward.
“Buses are full and there are many, many more people that want to go,” he said in a phone interview from his store in Draper. “They don’t want to drive because of the congestion, but we had to turn them away.”