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Vegas businesses prepare for possible unrest ahead of Biden’s inauguration

Posted at 7:15 PM, Jan 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 11:20:44-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Some businesses in downtown Las Vegas have boarded up ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.

“We have the screws and boards in place,” said Derek Stonebarger of ReBar.

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Capitol has been blocked off with miles of fencing and thousands of National Guard troops.

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Across the nation, state capitols and government buildings are preparing for possible violence ahead of the inauguration.

The Foley Federal Building on Las Vegas Blvd. has already been boarded up.

Much of this is to prevent what happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 from happening again.

“We had planned on Jan. 7, and then all that happened and now we’re waiting until this next round of whatever,” Stonebarger said.

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Not all businesses have decided to board up, but Stonebarger says the area can quickly get their businesses secured if any unrest unfolds.

“This is a real community down here so we’re able to do it together,” he said.