The mayor of Charlottesville, Va., is urging Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, to convene an emergency meeting of the state legislature to allow the city to take down a statue of Robert E. Lee and pass legislation restricting open and concealed carry at public events.
"With the terrorist attack, these monuments were transformed from equestrian statues into lightning rods. We can, and we must, respond by denying the Nazis and the KKK and the so-called alt-right the twisted totem they seek," Mike Signer said in a statement Friday. "And so, for the sake of public safety, public reassurance, to magnify Heather's voice, and to repudiate the pure evil that visited us here, I am calling today for the removal of these Confederate statues from downtown Charlottesville."
One woman, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, died when a man, who is a suspected Nazi sympathizer, plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
Signer also asked the Virginia General Assembly to pass legislation that would allow localities to prohibit open carry and concealed carry of weapons during public events when they may pose a potential security threat.
"In a new age of domestic terrorism, we need to re-examine the balance that we strike between public safety and violent protests," Signer said. "While I am friends with many gun owners and am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, that right, like all Constitutional rights, comes with limits."
Signer said it shouldn't be allowed for people to open-carry or concealed-carry during events like last weekend's.
"First, the danger is too great of a catastrophic incident," he said. "Second, it is intimidating beyond any reasonable standard for citizens, particularly members of vulnerable communities."
White nationalist groups gathered in Charlottesville on Saturday to protest the removal of a statue of Lee and clashed with counter-protesters. Many of the white nationalists carried semi-automatic weapons and other guns.