A circuit court judge in Lynchburg, Virginia is expected to issue a ruling on Monday that could allow indoor ranges in the state to be re-opened, after Gov. Ralph Northam included them in a list of non-essential businesses ordered to close because of coronavirus concerns.
The lawsuit, filed by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Gun Owners of America, SafeSide Lynchburg, and the Association of Virginia Gun Ranges, argues that Northam’s moves violate Virginia’s state constitution. Northam, meanwhile, tried to have the lawsuit moved from state court to federal court, hoping for a friendlier judge and arguing that the case is really all about whether or not the Second Amendment rights of residents are being violated by his order, not whether the right to bear arms protected by Article 1, Section 13 of the state constitution.
Thankfully, the governor’s gambit failed, and it will be up to a local judge in Lynchburg to decide if SafeSide Lynchburg can re-open their indoor range next week.