Northern Virginia Gun Show Cancelled After AG Mark Herring Brags About Court Victory Limiting Capacity

Showmaster’s Inc, the organizers of The Nation’s Gun Show in northern Virginia, filed a lawsuit Monday against Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam after he introduced new restrictions that went into effect that day restricting entertainment venues from hosting more than 250 people at a time.

This morning, a Fairfax Circuit Court judge ruled against the show after Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring filed a reply brief, calling the event a potential “superspreader.”

Herring bragged about the decision in a tweet, where he said that “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,” Herring added.

Judge Kassibian said about his ruling that “I find that it is in the private interest of the plaintiffs, 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 Nation’s Gun Show announced the cancellation of the event on its website, shortly after Kassabian issued his ruling.

Herring wasn’t done, however, as he retweeted multiple responses to his original tweet. One was from a Virginia Democratic Congresswoman and two were from “gun violence prevention” activists, which seems to call into question the motives for opposing the show.

House Rep. Jennifer Wexton said, “No matter what the reason, packing 25,000 people into an indoor space right now is ludicrously dangerous. Cases are spiking across #VA10—this event would have been a catastrophe for our entire region. Thank you @MarkHerringVA, for fighting back to keep our community safe.”

President of Kris Brown tweeted, “VICTORY! Let’s be clear, an indoor gun show with 25k attendees is a threat to public safety — plain & simple. The right to buy a firearm does *not* supersede the right to live. As a Virginian and as President of @bradybuzz, I am thankful for @MarkHerringVA‘s leadership. #VAleg.”

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence activist Lori Haas remarked, “Thank you (again) @MarkHerringVA for your steadfast commitment to keeping Virginians safe!”