NRA Sues Fairfax County for Unconstitutional Ban on Firearms in Parks

NRA Sues Fairfax
The NRA along with 3 VA residents have filed suit against Fairfax VA for banning guns in public parks. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The National Rifle Association teamed with three Virginia residents and filed a lawsuit on Friday against Fairfax County for their unconstitutional ban on firearm possession in parks and in areas adjacent to certain events.

“The ban on firearms in parks and on trails in Fairfax County is dangerous and unconstitutional,” said Amy Hunter, spokeswoman, NRA. “While all of us hope that parks are safe and beautiful havens, the reality is that assaults, sexual assaults and other violent crimes can and do occur at parks.  Furthermore, parks are some of the few places people can go during the COVID-19 pandemic, and law-abiding people should be able to defend themselves and their loved ones should the need arise. These parks are vast and have isolated locations. Because Fairfax County cannot guarantee individual safety, people should be able to take the necessary precautions.”

There are 23,584 acres of parks and 334 miles of trails in Fairfax County. Since 2014, there have been many crimes in Virginia parks, many of them gang-related. Some of the more serious headline-grabbing crimes include murder, kidnap, sexual assault, assault and a horrific decapitation.

The lawsuit, LaFave v. County of Fairfax, also challenges the prohibition on possession of firearms in places adjacent to permitted events and events that require a permit but do not have one. Examples of such events include a concert or a protest held in Fairfax County. Currently, if a person carrying a firearm comes upon one of these events, they are banned from carrying that weapon anywhere “adjacent” to the event. The term “adjacent” is unclear and leaves otherwise law-abiding gun owners unclear on where they can and can’t be, and where the line is that puts them in danger of prosecution.

“The bottom line is that Fairfax County is placing the burden of their laws on law-abiding residents and not on criminals,” concluded Hunter. “This needs to change.”


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HLB
HLB
8 months ago

Watch out: “Because Fairfax County cannot guarantee individual safety, people should be able to take the necessary precautions.” If you argue this line in court you will eventually loose because: 1) It is not covered in the Constitution. 2) All Fairfax County has to do is up the anti and say, “Oh, the numbers are down this week and we hired a few more policemen”. So then they will take away your rights because the politically correct lawyers did not stand up and say, “It does not matter whether you think we are safe or not or from whom, we… Read more »

Cruiser
Cruiser
8 months ago

We need to put a stop to all these unconstitutional laws once and for all. Any organization that is required to file a lawsuit in order to defeat these unconstitutional laws should receive monetary damages and court costs.
Over the years we (NRA) have been forced to use our resources to fight these anti gun groups from trampling our 2nd A rights, money we could be using to benefit conservation, and firearms education programs. Instead membership dues are used to fight for rights we already have.

Vince
Vince
8 months ago

Delaware tried to pull the same trick for their state parks and lost. If the state park received any federal money they must adhere to the Constitution whether they like it or not.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
8 months ago

“”The bottom line is that Fairfax County is placing the burden of their laws on law-abiding residents and not on criminals,” concluded Hunter. “This needs to change.””
I CONCUR!!!
It is time for Americans to SUE governmental authority or private organization who use GUARANTEED AMNUSTY in order to NOT SECURE the RIGHTS and SAFETIES as stated in OUR American Constitution!!!

Nilsigne
Nilsigne
8 months ago

Wtf. Some of the scariest situations I’ve been in have been in state and national parks. Had all my camera gear stolen when I was shooting the Milky Way in California a few years ago before I became a gun owner. Another time this guy wouldn’t leave me alone and followed me all the way to my car