A Lynchburg, Virginia judge has issued a temporary injunction declaring that a Lynchburg gun range is not covered by Governor Northam’s order which outlines the kind of businesses that must close during the Wuhan virus pandemic. Due to this injunction, SafeSide Tactical can reopen its gun range.
A lawsuit was originally filed by Virginia Citizens Defense League, Gun Owners of America and SafeSide Tactical, contending that the governor’s Executive Order (EO) to close non-essential businesses, namely indoor gun ranges, is unconstitutional.
According to the suit, EO53 is an usurpation of the governor’s constitutional power and it violates the right to keep and bear arms as enshrined in the state constitution.
“There is no pandemic exception to the fundamental liberties that the Constitution of Virginia Safeguards,” asserted David Browne, the plaintiff’s attorney.
The judge concurred with the argument.
The ruling was issued on April 28 by Judge F. Patrick Yeatts which said, “The Governor, the Department of State Police, and all law enforcement divisions, agencies and officers within the commonwealth, are hereby enjoined and prohibited from enforcing, in any manor, the prohibition on public access to Lynchburg Range & Training, LLC (SafeSide).”
Gun ranges were singled out in the governor’s order as “non-essential” businesses.
During his Monday afternoon briefing, Governor Northam said that the Virginia government is weighing options in order to respond to this ruling.
The ruling does note that Safeside still needs to comply with social distancing and sanitizing rules that health officials establish, and that nothing in the order should impede the enforcement of any other provision of EO53.
The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him
Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.
President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.
On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.
The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”
In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”
“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.
Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.
Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.
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