GUNS.com- Arlington-based Nova Armory held its grand opening in a strip mall on North Pershing Drive last month, doing what others have failed to do in recent months by becoming the only licensed gun dealer with a storefront in the city.
However, they got more than just a cold shoulder from locals including six state lawmakers who penned a letter to Nova’s landlord on official letterhead urging her to cancel the lease on the store three weeks before it was set to open. In the letter, the group cited concerns that the store could be a “magnet for robbery” and that it could help create a “black market” in the area to sell firearms for cash or drugs.
One of those behind the letter, local Democrat Delegate Mark Levine, took to social media to blast the store.
“Are you ready to pay for all the funerals of all the people that your guns murder? And provide reimbursement for all wrongful deaths you cause? If not, then please, we beg you, leave Arlington,” Levine posted before advocating for a boycott of the entire strip mall and protests of the store.
Actions such as this prompted Broadstone Security, owner of Nova Armory, to name 64 individuals in a conspiracy including Levine and the other lawmakers, in a civil suit filed April 18 in Richmond City Circuit Court, contending the defendants communicated among themselves to cripple the business.
“The Defendants used social media to communicate and to post messages to each other and to the public of a defamatory nature intended to smear Plaintiff and destroy his business,” reads the 16-page complaint. Storeowners detail in court documents they have had harassing calls, emails, and letters including death threats made against the 16-year old daughter of Nova’s business manager after their personal phone numbers and addresses were made public.
The store is seeking more than $2 million in damages, expenses and lost revenue.
This got out of hand fast. Law-abiding citizens trying to open a business where locals can exercise their second amendment right were attacked by a self-righteous anti-gun crusader that jumped at the opportunity to inflate his own ego and destroy a job creating, economy boosting store in order to appease his party’s agenda and help his own career. This Mark Levine guy is about obnoxious as they come. He seems more like a bad South Park character than an actual person. He is also a perfect example of how sad it is over on the left. Democratic politicians (specifically low-level delegates like this guy) are now in a contest to see who can be the most over the top and ridiculous when discussing controversial issues. As if the loudest, most obnoxious will climb the ladder the fastest.