Virus called unlikely to prompt martial law in California

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ADAM BEAM Associated Press SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Gov Gavin Newsom has asked people to not gather in large numbers and generally stay inside during the coronavirus outbreak, and so far most are obeying. Schools and businesses have closed, sports leagues have suspended their seasons and Disneyland has shuttered. But what happens if, weeks from now, a restless population defies public health orders and violence ensues? On Tuesday, when announcing that he had put the National Guard on alert, Newsom said martial law could be used "if we feel the necessity." "I don't want to get to the point of being alarmist, but we are scaling all of our considerations," he said. Martial law is when civil laws are suspended and a military force is in charge. It's exceptionally rare for it to be
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