DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries

Washington, D.C., was quiet and state capitals across the country reported a few small protests Sunday as cities beefed up security and locked down capitol buildings for fear of widespread and violent protests.

Small groups of demonstrators, some holding guns and rifles, gathered at several of the state capitol buildings that had been fortified and surrounded by law enforcement and National Guard members. There were no reports of any clashes as the sun set, The Associated Press reported.

The security levels in state capitals had been increased after the FBI warned that armed groups planned to descend on Washington, D.C., and at all 50 capitol buildings in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.