Sacramento police, FBI gear up for potential inauguration protests

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Sacramento PD, FBI prepare for potential protests
Sacramento police, FBI, and CHP are coordinated and prepared to protect the California Capitol building from any potential protests related to the inauguration.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Authorities are bracing for potential violence at California's state Capitol building amid warnings from the FBI of the possibility of attacks at all 50 state capitals and at the U.S. Capitol in the days leading up to the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

District Attorney George Gascón is reminding potential demonstrators that California is a concealed carry state. That means people may not carry a firearm in public unless they have a valid carry concealed weapon license.

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Officials say people who break that law will be prosecuted.

"We have a big challenge ahead of us next week with what happened last week and what some people are calling for for the inauguration," said Chief Danial Hahn. "They're not just in DC but all over our country. It is very much a potential here and we are doing everything we can to ensure that doesn't happen."

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The FBI has set up command posts to help.

The CHP says it has officers ready to respond if state property needs to be protected.

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