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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was heavily criticized for not wearing a face mask or social distancing while taking photos with Black people at Virginia Beach on Saturday.

On Tuesday, Northam announced a mandatory statewide policy requiring the use of face masks for all inside businesses.

Face masks are voluntary outside, although the state health department recommends face coverings.

"Facial protection is one of the ways that we stop the spread of this virus," Northam told reporters at a press conference on Friday. "We are working through the policy over the next couple of days and I will make an announcement Tuesday regarding that."

But on Saturday, a bare faced Northam took a trip to Virginia Beach where he mingled with Black people and stopped for photo ops.

On Friday, the governor had a message for people who planned to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend:

"Don't gather in large groups, don't crowd parks or natural areas, remember to maintain social distancing, and please wear face covering while you are out in public."

Virginia's stay-at-home order expires on June 10, although some "essential" businesses are allowed to remain open.

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This is not a drill. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is plastering highways with billboards to warn Virginians about the Democrats' plan to begin forcefully confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens on January 8, 2020.

Virginia is ground zero for the Democrats' anti-gun agenda with funding from billionaire presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg.

Democrat lawmakers in the state of Virginia have reportedly asked for $250,000 to prepare jails to receive "thousands" of law-abiding citizens who refuse to give up their guns.

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who survived that blackface/yearbook scandal, announced he is banning the sale of semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines (bullets) in the state.

He also plans to restore a law that limits gun purchases to one gun a month.

These sort of things take time to go into effect, so Northam is empowering the courts in Virginia to begin confiscating guns from any "person deemed to be a risk to himself or others" on January 8.

"We will at least start with those," he reportedly said during a Cabinet meeting in early November.

Considering Northam's history of wearing blackface, it isn't difficult to guess who "those" people are.

When asked about confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens, Northam said "that's something I'm working on."

In response to Northam's threats, 90% of the counties and towns in Virginia have been declared sanctuaries from the Democrats' anti-gun agenda.

In the 1800s Virginia was a bustling port for the slavery trade. The Underground Railroad was formed there to free nearly 1,000 slaves in the South.

Ralph Northam, Mark Herring

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, right, admits he wore blackface as a 19-year-old college student. Herring is the 2nd Democratic lawmaker from Virginia to become entangled in racist scandals.

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