Va. judge rejects indoor gun show event expected to draw up to 25,000

Va. judge rejects indoor gun show event expected to draw up to 25,000

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam removes his mask to answer a question during a COVID-19 briefing at the Capitol in Richmond, Va, Wednesday Nov 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge on Thursday shot down a lawsuit filed by hosts of one of the nation’s biggest gun shows, who claimed that cancelling this weekend’s event due to coronavirus restrictions violated the Second Amendment. Judge Brett Kassabian ruled that it is “not in the public interest” to exempt The Nation’s Gun Show from virus restrictions. The three-day event scheduled to start Friday was expected to bring up to 25,000 attendees to the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, where it has been held a few times a year. “I find that it is in the private interest of the plaintiffs,” said Judge Kassabian, according to a press release from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring ‘s office. “To allow thousands to roam unchecked during the middle of the most serious health crisis this county has suffered in the past one hundred years is not in the public interest.” The judge disagreed with the gun show hosts’ argument that rules to limit their attendees are an overreach of authority and a violation of the Second Amendment. He also criticized a recent show in August that drew nearly 13,000 people, which the hosts said was “safely and successfully executed even while being severely limited by” pandemic restrictions. “[J]ust judging on what occurred in August, tens of thousands are allowed to gather […]

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