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Arlington Patch: Lawsuit Threats and Politicians Take Arlington Gun Store Drama to Another Level Print


Created:  Wednesday, March 9, 2016 11:12AM


Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Va.) said he's not backing down after Nova Armory threatened lawsuits over opposition to the gun store moving into the Lyon Park neighborhood later this month.

Hope penned a letter on March 2 co-signed by other Virginia lawmakers to the landlord of the building that Nova Armory is moving into at 2300 N. Pershing Drive, urging them to reconsider their decision to allow a gun shop, arguing that residents don't want the store here and it could become a site for "potentially nefarious and illegal activities."

Two days later, Nova Armory fired back with a letter of its own, ridiculing the Virginia lawmakers for "incompetence" and calling their accusations "garbage," while claiming that they comply with state and federal laws and require identification and background checks as is required. Further, Nova Armory said it will consider the possibility of filing a lawsuit over the complaints due to being "deprived of our civil liberties by these so-called public servants -- they'll regret any abuse of their authority."

Hope said he was "surprised that they reacted all," noting that the letter wasn't addressed to them but the landlord, and added that the response "should be a red flag on the kind of neighbor and tenant they're going to be."

Asked what was the next step for him and others opposed to the store's opening, scheduled for March 19, Hope admitted there was not much that could be done.

"There's nothing legally the state can do," he said.

However, he claims that most in the Lyon Park community are opposed to the gun store, and he would continue to "reflect the views of the community," which are that the gun store is the "wrong fit for this community."

Hope said yesterday that the Lyon Park Citizens Association would be taking a vote on the issue Tuesday night. The association's president, John Goldener, declined to comment today on the meeting.