Northam’s (VA) Statewide Order due to COVID-19. Indoor Shooting Ranges To Close. Sound Familiar?
With the increase of COVID-19 cases in the state of Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam (D) held an official press conference in Richmond, addressing the matter on Monday, March 23rd, 2020.
Virginia now has 254 confirmed Positive COVID-19 cases, with 38 hospitalizations, per the Virginia Department of Health.
The statewide order, that goes into effect on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 11:59pm, rules the closure of all non- essential business establishments, K-12 educational institutions, and many more facilities.
Within the midst of Bowling Alleys, Crafting Classes, and other Entertainment Activities, the closures also include Indoor Shooting Ranges.
The order is to remain in effect until April 23rd, 2020 at 11:59pm, banning all gatherings of more than 10 people. (Click pic above to read full order of rules)
Seems rational enough, considering the circumstances, but a flashback to late January/ early February of 2020, VA Delegate and Northam’s fellow Bloomberg comrade, Dan Helmer voiced the request of Indoor Shooting Ranges be banned with his HB-567... UNLESS THEY WERE OWNED OR LEASED BY THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
HB-567 was left up to the Public Safety Committee to make a final ruling, but will the COVID-19 crisis help in aiding their final decision on independent Indoor Shooting Ranges to operate in Virginia?
Something to ponder...