“An Arlington strip mall off Lee Highway in the Cherrydale community has everything from restaurants to salons to a frame shop,” wjla.com reports. “McLean-based Nova Firearms has announced it’s opening a new store in that empty space this summer. Building owner Kostas Kapasouris says, ‘They want to have exclusive, expensive sporting goods and I guess that probably includes expensive guns.’ Kapasouris confirms a lease has been signed but he insists the community is overwhelmingly opposed to a gun shop being here . . .
He tells ABC 7 News he’s trying to figure out if he can legally break the lease. Kapasouris says, “The community is very upset and I don’t want the community to be upset.”
I imagine “the community” was upset when African-Americans decided to eat at whites-only lunch counters back in the bad old days, down south.
Back in the Old Dominion, residents opposed to free market capitalism (when it comes to legally sold firearms) are flocking to a change.org petition saying: “We are alarmed that the shop is within 2 blocks of an Arlington County Public School . . . Four additional schools are within 5 miles.”
The petition has garnered some 1600 signatures so far. Good thing Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms isn’t subject to the democratic process. Well, in theory. Anyway, Nova Firearms is sticking to its guns. So to speak. [h/t MM]