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There are steps that state & local officials can take, right now, relying on laws already on the books, to protect Americans from the threat posed by unlawful private militias.

Here's a quick guide based on work led by Mary McCord & our @GeorgetownICAP colleagues. /1
1st, there's litigation: faced with unlawful private militia activity, officials can file civil suits seeking court orders preventing such activity from reoccurring.

That's what @GeorgetownICAP did in Charlottesville alongside @MikeSigner & more. /2…
Litigation is also the approach @GeorgetownICAP is using now alongside @BerncoDa to address the threat posed by the New Mexico Civil Guard.

Here's recent coverage by @joshscampbell: /3…
2nd, there are permit restriction that can be put into place--& enforced--for public rallies & events.

@GeorgetownICAP has advised jurisdictions around the United States on these, including multiple cities in Tennessee, yielding peaceful events: /4…
3rd, local officials can make clear that unsanctioned militia activity is unlawful. That clarification alone can check dangerous behavior.

That's why @GeorgetownICAP writes to jurisdictions nationwide identifying their own states' laws in this area: /5…
There's more! That's why @GeorgetownICAP built an entire toolkit on "Protests & Public Safety: A Guide for Cities & Citizens."

In it are legal summaries, FAQs, & much more.

It's available here: /END
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