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Arlington Gun Store Sues 64 People for >$2 Million for Protesting It Opening


According to Washingtonian:

The company that owns a gun store that recently opened in Arlington’s Lyon’s Park community is suing 64 people, saying that by protesting the store’s opening they participated in a “conspiracy to injure another in his trade or business.” Seven Virginia government officials are named in the suit, including Virginia state Delegates Mark H. Levine and Patrick Alan Hope and state Senators Janet Denison Howell and Barbara Favola. The store, NOVA Armory, is asking for $2,101,441.14; it says the damages include lost revenue, physical and personal protection expenses, phone number changes and time lost related to said phone number changes, and damages to the business’ good will and reputation.

See below for the lawsuit, other than the first couple pages with peoples’ names, addresses, etc. Does this seem completely frivolous or what? I mean, if people can’t protest stuff they oppose – whether gun shops, abortion clinics, porn stores, whatever – then why even have a First Amendment at all in this country?

  • Dave Webster

    I don’t think the letter constitutes intentional interference with prospective economic relations vis-à-vis the landlord because the lease was not actually terminated. Saying that the owner of the store has a bad track record for selling guns to criminals could be defamatory if false. Saying that the store could be the locus of nefarious and illegal activities also might be actionable. Generally, you shouldn’t use the term illegal when referring to someone else’s business. Unless people were blocking the entrance to the store I don’t see how any protestors could be implicated merely for indicating displeasure with the store’s location.