Virginia Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring took to Twitter to brag about violating the constitutional rights of Virginians.
"BREAKING I have successfully BLOCKED a massive gun show from operating at full capacity this weekend in NOVA," Herring tweeted. "Putting hundreds or even thousands of Virginians at risk for the sole purpose of selling guns is just not worth it, and I'm pleased that the Judge agreed with me."
The Nation's Gun Show was to take place on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia. It was expected to attract about 25,000 gun enthusiasts, twice the number of last year's attendants. Organizers said that they took extreme precautions to ensure the safety of the participants.
Governor Ralph Northam issued an Executive Order, thus enacting stricter COVID-19 restrictions. An organizer filed a lawsuit in Fairfax county seeking a temporary injunction to allow the gun show to proceed. The plaintiff argued that the ban would lead to financial losses and the violation of the constitutional rights of Virginians.
However, Judge Brett Kassabian denied the request during the Thursday morning hearing, essentially shutting down the event at the last minute.
"To allow thousands of people to roam unchecked in the throes of the worst pandemic in 100 years is not in the public interest," Judge Kassabian said.
The organizers said they had received safety clearance from the Fairfax County Health Department, allowing them to operate as a brick-and-mortar establishment "just like the Walmart next door."
However, state officials indicated that any event happening at the expo center was considered an "entertainment venue" and limited to just 250 people. Virginia Attorney General and the Governor took extreme measures and shut down such events preventing the gun show from happening.
Herring filed a brief to the hearing saying that the event "would most certainly become a super-spreader event and could infect hundreds if not thousands of Virginians with COVID."
Contrarily, Herring has supported various lawsuits against COVID-19 restrictions but opposed the gun show suit despite organizers taking extreme measures and receiving clearance by the local health authorities. He also supported the Black Lives Matter protests saying that "peaceful protests and demonstrations can and should continue."
The attorney general was also pictured attending one of those BLM super-spreader rallies in Leesburg, Virginia.
Evidently, the closure of the gun show was a political move and was not about protecting the health and safety of Virginians.
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