Saturday, May 14, 2016

NOVA Armory Wins Zoning Appeal in VA, Law Suit still Pending

ARLINGTON, Va. — Chalk up another victory up for NOVA Armory. The suburban Virginia firearms store beat back an appeal late Wednesday night that asked the Arlington County Zoning Board to revoke its small business occupancy permit.

The five-member board voted unanimously to uphold issuing the occupancy certificate to NOVA Armory, though board members stressed that their decision was based on zoning rules rather than the Second Amendment.

Local Second Amendment activists wearing “Guns Save Lives” stickers packed the Arlington hearing room and sat through three hours of residents’ requests for zoning permits relating to various property issues. In the final hour, numerous Arlington residents and representatives of local organizations spoke on behalf of NOVA Armory.

Three women — Bernadette Brennan, Julia Young and Emily Hughes — appealed the permit and tried to get the occupancy certificate repealed, claiming that “the application for the certificate of Occupancy contains false and misleading information and therefore the permit was issued in error.”

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