An anti-gun state attorney general took to social media to brag about blocking a gun show from taking place in his state. The operators of the gun show contend that they were treated unfairly and that other businesses in the area with similar crowds were not shut down.
According to the Daily Wire, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, bragged on social media how he had blocked a “massive” gun show from taking place in his state.
BREAKING: I have successfully BLOCKED a massive gun show from operating at full capacity this weekend in NOVA. 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.”VA AG Mark Herring via Twitter
The operators of the gun show issued a statement
Attorney General Mark Herring sent out a press release in response to the lawsuit that we filed in Fairfax county to allow us to open this weekend. He claims that we will be a super spreader, that we have a blatant disregard for the Covid virus, and that we could cause damage to the community. We are simply asking to be open like the Walmart is right across the parking lot from us and other Walmarts all over the state.
If you ever go into any Walmart there is usually an average of 400 people inside at any given time. Let’s say they’re only open 10 hours a day, that means 4,000 people per day. We are open three days and will have 4,000 people, maybe, per day which adds up to 12,000 people for the weekend. That is the same number of people that went through the show in August this year, and we had a third less than that at the show in October.
We just want to be able to operate on the same business model that Walmart is. We are arguing that we be classified as business retail under brick and mortar, and not entertainment and amusement. They are taking a broad brush across the state and labeling all event centers this way. Many people and businesses have been damaged and deemed nonessential. The Nation’s Gun Show is a place where like-minded people can get together to buy, sell and trade firearms, train and learn how to use them safely, which is protected by the 2nd amendment in the United States Constitution as well as the Virginia Constitution. We here at Showmasters still believe in the Constitution.
The Dulles Expo Center is 130,000 sq ft building and the Walmart beside us is an 80,000 sq ft. building, we are 50,000 sq ft. bigger. The Walmart beside us has one giant aisle and the all the rest of the aisles are an average of 6ft or less. We have wider aisles, 14 ft average, so we have more space to social distance. Also, our show and the building management are self-imposing a 50% occupancy limit.
Many people have weighed in on the decision including author and radio host Dana Loesch, who tweeted:
How are Virginians put at risk at gun shows? I’d love to see your data to compare it to mine.Dana Loesch
I think what upsets people the most is the inconsistency of how restrictions are administered. If Walmart can operate, why not other businesses that are able to meet or even exceed the requirements? This is a clear example of government over reach.