Virginia Attorney General Brags About Shutting Down a Massive Gun Show

Virginia AG Mark Herring with Sen. Kamala Harris (Photo: Mark Herring Facebook)

Virginia’s attorney general bragged on Twitter last week about shutting down a massive, 12,000-person gun show in Virginia for fears of a “superspreader” COVID-19 event.

“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,” Attorney General Mark Herring tweeted.  

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The Nation’s Gun Show was slated to begin last Friday in Chantilly, Virginia, and run through Sunday. The show’s organizers expected about 4,000 people per day for a total of about 12,000 attendees.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam restricted on Monday the number of people who can attend “events” to 250. But the show’s organizers argued in a statement that their gun show is no more dangerous than the Wal-Mart across the street, and that they’ve already held two similar shows with no signs of COVID-19 spread.

“All we ask is that we are allowed to operate on the same type of business model and at the same level as the Walmart across the road. We are not entertainment and amusement. We will have at our show roughly the same number of people that will be going through any average Walmart in the state of Virginia and across the country every weekend,” the statement read.

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“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,” the organizers pointed out. “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.”

The Fairfax County Health Department gave the all-clear to the show’s organizers as late as Wednesday of last week to operate as a brick-and-mortar retail establishment. But Herring and Northam stepped in at the last minute to shut it down. The show sued Herring and Northam in court and lost.

“We are very sorry for the incredible financial burden and terrible inconvenience this is inflicting on all involved,” the organizers said.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at

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  • Ned67 December 10, 2020, 11:44 am

    Has ‘the sKamel’, a hairy ass, found another huckleberry?
    she began her political career on the very bottom under ca Speaker Willy Brown.

    what a legacy, Smug bastards.

  • Ned67 December 10, 2020, 11:07 am

    harris sure looks like she’s holding in a mouthful. what a legacy.

  • DELCO December 8, 2020, 2:53 pm

    Our schools are now liberal farms for kids to be kept from knowing the truths about the New Democratic Party and there partnership with the giant tech companies. And the plan they have already been able to enact on our elections and the information that is available to everyone. College and those anti American professors who brainwash the soon to be voters into believing that China has no influence within our most powerful law makers. To allow tech companies with more money then anyone has ever thought possible to literally control not only the political candidates themselves but every single piece of news our kids see on every social media platform available. under 30 years old will never understand what it was like to get the paper open it up and actually somewhat trust what was being written. Or turning on the local news station and having some confidence in what was being reported. That is over within our generations moving forward sadly. Now the frauds on the screen are trying to become celebrities, trying to be the big shot who is relevant. They are not reporters , or journalists, they are opinion clowns, with an agenda that is apart of their over paid salaries. Unless we get control of these tech commies, then our country moving forward is in serious trouble. And the Democratic Party will continue to lead us toward sanctuary cities, open borders, and more barriers for the real citizens.

  • CK Bristol December 1, 2020, 4:00 pm

    Can’t believe that no one hasn’t stopped by their homes. How much security can they have???

  • Tina Roberts November 28, 2020, 2:19 pm

    Keep notes. Put them in your computer calendar or somewhere that you see them occasionally as a reminder. Remember the crap that politicians have done to infringe your rights. Share it with your friends and acquaintances before the next election.

  • John Stanton November 27, 2020, 2:36 pm

    So the asshole, pictured with the biggest c*nt in the United States today, violated both the Second and First Amendments at the same time. When will these petty tyrants be held to task?

    • Tina Roberts November 28, 2020, 2:21 pm

      When will they be held to task? Most likely it won’t happen unless enough people become aware of what they do, and then vote them out. A recall sort of thing would be nice but you need a lot of people to support that.

  • Michael J November 27, 2020, 2:01 pm

    I thought VA was for lovers. I’d love to see these leftist democrats in jail for violating their oath of office.

  • Gomer November 27, 2020, 10:50 am

    Mark “Red” Herring is a slimy bastard if Virginia’s ever had one in politics. I remind you what he and the compliant douchebag in the governor’s mansion did in the middle of the night a couple of years back. Yet, we continue to be subjected to the vote of those north of Fredericksburg. Virginia is beginning to feel like Illinois. It’s amazing how quickly NoVA has begun to treat the rest of the Commonwealth just as Chicago treats southern Illinois. The office of Attorney General in the hands of a democrat, particularly one such as Red Herring, is the most dangerous one in state government. Governor has to leave in 4. AG can stay as long as he can buy enough votes. Sadly, Virginia may be permanently lost.

  • chumly November 27, 2020, 9:56 am

    “The Fairfax County Health Department gave the all-clear…”
    But the high priests of the religion of “science” will conveniently ignore science when it interferes with their authoritarian agenda.

  • Chien Rouge November 27, 2020, 9:29 am

    And when we come for you AG Herring, don’t act like you don’t know what for. Your pleas will fall on deaf ears of those you have oppressed.

  • Nasty Old Fed November 25, 2020, 8:49 am

    I live in the Commonwealth of Virginia and I am a nasty old retied federal cop and I confess that I have a sharp tongue and a warped mind and I will have you know I am not stupid I keep joking that there are there are families in the Commonwealth of Virginia who have been interbreeding since the war the Revolutionary War that is and they are intellectually challenged and when His Excellency Ralph Shearer “Coonman” Northam the esteemed Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia opens his mouth I realize there is too much truth in my jokes. Honestly His Excellency Ralph Shearer “Coonman” Northam is very jealous of Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Westerman Wolf who has his own facebook page “Tom Wolf Pennsylvania’s asshole” I don’t make this stuff up I just report the news. His Excellency Ralph Shearer “Coonman” Northam has done a marvelous job of dealing with Virginia’s economy during this pandemic you should see all the bankrupted and empty businesses.

    • Dave from San Antonio November 25, 2020, 12:10 pm

      I hear you. I’m a nasty old retired NCO and my mind is warped about as far as it can go. Trust me me when I say that the Virginia Commonwealth is ‘not’ alone with the problem of inbreds. Shutting down a gun show, of any kind, is not about COVID being spread.

      • Roger Simmons December 1, 2020, 9:53 pm

        You are right it isn’t about the virus it is about shutting down the gun shoes, we are lucky in Ky to have mostly backing for guns, which is as should be. Hoping you all can have a turn around in your elected officials. Good luck, Roger in old KY

  • bobs your uncle November 24, 2020, 2:23 pm

    Hanoi Jane said” covid is gods gift to Democrats” anyway, everyone knows no self respecting Dem would own a gun

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