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    http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/cms/story.php?id=1050

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    Newly opened Herndon gun
    store target for criticism
    Some question location; opening day
    crowd surpasses owner's expectations
    by Gregg MacDonald | Staff Writer

    A new gun store in Herndon opened with a bang last week, but some residents are up in arms about its location.

    When NOVA Armament, LLC, held its grand opening on Jan. 30, it drew a crowd that surpassed even its owners' expectations. Several dozen people, including Herndon Mayor Steve DeBenedittis and Town Councilman Dave Kirby, jammed into the small storefront at 795 Center St., formerly a vacant space below Tina's Hair Salon.

    "I thought the snow would keep people away, but they really turned out," said Judy Rudek, a well-armed store employee who wears a Smith & Wesson Ladysmith .357 revolver in a leather hip holster while at the office.

    "People came in and bought everything," she said. "We sold several guns and lots of ammo."

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    Rudek says one of NOVA Armament's more unique aspects is its "Fairer Sex Section," in which several handgun carrying options -- both open and concealed -- are available for women. "The one question I get asked the most by customers is, 'How can my wife carry a concealed weapon?'" she said.

    The store offers women several "on-body" and "off-body" options, from waist and shoulder holsters to purses with easy-access gun compartments. Earrings and other jewelry carved from empty shell casings are also on display.

    "We plan on offering women more options than just pink guns and pink purses," Rudek said.

    According to Mike Stollenwerk of Fairfax-based OpenCarry.org, more than 200,000 concealed handgun permits are now active in Virginia. "There are more issued in the suburbs than in rural areas," he said. "And there are more in Fairfax County than any other county in the state."

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    Du said he and his partner, T.J. Parmele, conducted some market research before deciding on the Herndon location and says the town welcomed him with open arms.

    "I'm pro-gun, so I think it is a great new addition to the town," Kirby said. "Besides, in this economy, any new business opening is a great thing."

    But some Herndon residents are less enthused about a gun store opening downtown.

    Du said that on the store's opening day, he received an e-mail from a Herndon man who said he hoped the store's sales would be "disastrous" because the town did not need such a business.

    Others, such as Carol Bruce, a former mayor, question the particular location of the store and the image it portrays to those visiting downtown.

    "I respect the constitutional right of all law-abiding citizens to bear arms," she said. "However, I question the appropriateness of the location, which is across from the library and in an area frequented by children. I also have serious reservations about the image that a gun store projects for our town." . . .

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    Mike wrote:
    "I respect the constitutional right of all law-abiding citizens to bear arms," she said. "However, I question the appropriateness of the location, which is across from the library and in an area frequented by children. I also have serious reservations about the image that a gun store projects for our town." . . .
    Paraphrase: "I respect the rights of all citizens to ride the bus, but I question whether some should be allowed to sit up front..."

    Hmm...

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    Here's the location. The horror!

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    Here is a tour:

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    "I respect the constitutional right of all law-abiding citizens to bear arms," she said. "However, I question the appropriateness of the location, which is across from the library and in an area frequented by children. I also have serious reservations about the image that a gun store projects for our town." . . .
    Blah blah blah blah blah

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    "I respect the constitutional right of all law-abiding citizens to bear arms," she said. "However, I question the appropriateness of the location, which is across from the library and in an area frequented by children. I also have serious reservations about the image that a gun store projects for our town."
    Is that why she's a former mayor?

    Across from the library ... one of those public institutions where individuals can be exposed to all kinds of ideas.

    In an area frequented by children ... who may well need protection.

    Yep, former is a good idea.
    Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population. -Albert Einstein

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    Tess wrote:
    "I respect the constitutional right of all law-abiding citizens to bear arms," she said. "However, I question the appropriateness of the location, which is across from the library and in an area frequented by children. I also have serious reservations about the image that a gun store projects for our town."
    Is that why she's a former mayor?

    Across from the library ... one of those public institutions where individuals can be exposed to all kinds of ideas.

    In an area frequented by children ... who may well need protection.

    Yep, former is a good idea.
    I don't think I can add anything to what you said.

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    I think the article was actually pretty fair, if not pro-gun.

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    Mike wrote:
    Others, such as Carol Bruce, a former mayor, question the particular location of the store and the image it portrays to those visiting downtown.

    "I respect the constitutional right of all law-abiding citizens to bear arms," she said. "However, I question the appropriateness of the location, which is across from the library and in an area frequented by children. I also have serious reservations about the image that a gun store projects for our town." . . .
    This is right of out the Brady Bunch's playbook. "Its for the children" If you really cared about the children then you would open your eyes and be happy to see parents carrying firarms to protect their kids. Criminals don't stay away from certain areas just because there are children present. What a dumb philosphy some people have.

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    ""However, I question the appropriateness of the location, which is across from the library and in an area frequented by children."

    Ummm -- it's in an industrial area right across the street from an Auto Repair shop, an auto body shop, an auto parts store, and a Moose lodge for crying out loud!

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    TFred wrote:
    Mike wrote:
    "I respect the constitutional right of all law-abiding citizens to bear arms," she said. "However, I question the appropriateness of the location, which is across from the library and in an area frequented by children. I also have serious reservations about the image that a gun store projects for our town." . . .
    Paraphrase: "I respect the rights of all citizens to ride the bus, but I question whether some should be allowed to sit up front..."

    Hmm...

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    Which does she object to most.... The First Amendment... or the Second??:celebrate


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    I think there should be a zoning law passed nationwide that REQUIRES gun stores to be located within walking distance from libraries or courthouses.

    Let's keep the open practice of ALL the articles of the the Bill of Rights in close proximity. It only makes sense!

    The next time I'm in NoVa, I'll make it a point to visit this store, and give them my business, and I'll be sure to visit a few other businesses while I'm in town (and OC the whole time!!!).

    We need to show the "anti's" that this business is not only welcomed, but is a positive contributor to their community through increasing visitor traffic and generating collateral business.

    Carry On!
    It is our cause to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow mysteriously resolve itself into a world of harmony, if we just don't rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggression—and this is hogwash."
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    Glock27Bill wrote:
    "I respect the constitutional right of all law-abiding citizens to bear arms," she said. "However, I question the appropriateness of the location, which is across from the library and in an area frequented by children. I also have serious reservations about the image that a gun store projects for our town." . . .
    Blah blah blah blah blah
    DC's got the same attitude -- viewing gun stores as being in the same league as porn shops. Alan Gura made a good point about this, at a VCDL meeting shortly after the Heller decision. He said,

    "How many other establishments not only have 100% background checked employees, but all of their CUSTOMERS are subject to background checks? Can even a church say the same thing?".





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    My kind of mayor

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    To Carol Bruce : You are 100% emotion and 0% intelligence ! ! !

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    TFred wrote:
    Mike wrote:
    "I respect the constitutional right of all law-abiding citizens to bear arms," she said. "However, I question the appropriateness of the location, which is across from the library and in an area frequented by children. I also have serious reservations about the image that a gun store projects for our town." . . .
    Paraphrase: "I respect the rights of all citizens to ride the bus, but I question whether some should be allowed to sit up front..."

    Hmm...

    TFred
    I personally can't imagine a more appropriate establishment to accompany an establishment to exercise our 1st Amendment rights than one in which to exercise our 2nd Amendment rights...

    When politicians start crying out..."For the children's sake..." you know all intellect has been thrown out the window and their argument is purely emotional.



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