Palmetto Sunrise: Columbia prepares for KKK rally

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley (PROVIDED)

COLUMBIA — A week after elected officials lowered the Statehouse’s Confederate battle flag, state and local law enforcement are preparing for a visit from a North Carolina-based chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

There are three events expected to take place on Saturday, but the ones scheduled by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan from Pelham, N.C., and a subset of the New Black Panther Party has worried local officials enough to enact a 30-day weapons ban within 250 feet of the Statehouse’s grounds, according to WLTX.

Gov. Nikki Haley also made a call for South Carolinians to stay away from the KKK rally, which she dubbed a “disruptive, hateful spectacle.”

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