LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Safeside Tactical in Lynchburg reopened today after a month of being shut down by Governor Northam’s orders concerning COVID-19 given near the end of March. It took a joint effort for Safeside Tactical, gun rights groups Virginia Citizens Defense League, and Gun Owners of America to achieve today’s small victory.
Working with the VCDL and GOA … Gun Owner’s of America we filed suit in Lynchburg Circuit along with ranges from Roanoke to Newport News … several different ranges were in the suit with us. Our argument was always about executive power.”Mitchell Tyler – Co-Owner & VP / Safeside Tactical
Safeside Tactical’s suit was asking the court whether or not an emergency situation created unlimited power for the Governor.
The case was pushed to the Federal Court by the state’s defense and a federal judge ruled that it was a state matter that the parts of the law we were referencing were the Virginia Constitution, not the US Constitution, and so that case was moved back to the Lynchburg Circuit Court and then Monday we had the ruling from Judge Yeatts that essentially said that there are parts of the Virginia Constitution that supersede emergency powers that a Governor has.”Mitchell Tyler – Co-Owner & VP / Safeside Tactical
Mitchell says having this ruling means a start to getting back to normal.
We furloughed more than half of our staff, and so, probably one of the most exciting things about today is that we’ll have 4 or 5 staff members back in the building that have been out of work for the past month.”Mitchell Tyler – Co-Owner & VP / Safeside Tactical
There are a few temporary changes to the operation at Safeside Tactical that Mitchell wants customers to know about.
We’re not accepting any walk-ins everything is so everything is reservation-based and our systems are being updated and programmed to make sure that we keep our counts were they need to be … we’re only running one of our ranges even though we have three different bays here. We’re also limiting range sessions to 30 minutes, that gives our safety officers enough time to disinfect the bays.”Mitchell Tyler – Co-Owner & VP / Safeside Tactical
Mitchell also informs us that Safeside Tactical will not be providing Eye or Ear protection and also, for now, the gun rental program for the indoor range has been suspended.
The rental guns are not happy with Clorox in general and so instead of having to burn through cleaning materials or Clorox wipes to disinfect and then have to go and maybe do oil treatments or different maintenance for the firearms, we’re just eliminating the touchpoints.”Mitchell Tyler – Co-Owner & VP / Safeside Tactical
For more information on booking indoor range time at Safeside Tactical in Lynchburg see their website.
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