Request To Reopen Indoor Shooting Ranges Denied

May 07, 2020 - 9:25 pm
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After issuing a temporary injunction allowing an indoor shooting range in that city to reopen, Judge F. Patrick Yeatts on Thursday, denied a request to extend the order to all Virginia shooting ranges. 

Safeside Lynchburg, which was the only shooting range listed in the original petition, reopened last week, and the judge did agree to extend that injunction from May 8th, the date Governor Ralph Northam's executive order closing businesses deemed non-essential was set to expire, until June 30th.  Northam has said that if data trends remain the same he anticipates reopening Virginia May 15th.

In denying the request to also extend the order to other shooting ranges across the state, Yeatts stated that the Virginia Code did not give him authority over parties not before his court.

Attorney General Mark Herring issued the following statement following the judge's ruling:

“I’m pleased my team and I were again able to successfully defend Governor Northam’s Executive Orders. These social distancing measures have proven to be the most effective tool we have to combat the virus and keep our communities safe. It’s unfortunate that the gun lobby continues to believe that the ability to shoot a gun indoors is more important than the health and wellbeing of Virginians and their families.”