The Arlington gun store that sued 64 people, including elected officials, over their opposition to the store has filed a court notice that it intends to drop the lawsuit.
Broadstone Security, doing business as Nova Armory, notified Arlington Circuit Court on Tuesday that it will not pursue its claims that opponents conspired to destroy the business by making statements against the opening of Nova Firearms in March.
The attorney for Broadstone did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An attorney for seven of the defendants, state legislators who had written a letter objecting to the store, declined to comment. Others who were sued included members of the Arlington County Board and Arlington School Board, and residents who objected to the store on social-media sites. The store was sold in August to one of its employees.
The request for dismissal is known as a nonsuit.
“I am delighted — though not surprised — to learn that NoVa Armory nonsuited its lawsuit today,” state Del. Richard “Rip” Sullivan (D-McLean), one of the defendants, said in a statement. “From the very beginning it was clear that this lawsuit had no basis in law or fact.”