Virginia Officials Seek to Limit Constitutional Right to Assemble

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 2.31.21 PMOfficials in Fairfax County appear ready to implement a Constitutional violating limit to private citizens peacefully assembling in private residences. According to Fox News, the officials are planning to create a zoning ordinance that would limit gatherings to 49 people per day. In addition, the ordinance would seek to limit the number of times the group could meet in a given period of time. According to the report, it would be no more than three times in a 40 day period.

Now, considering some very politically active people may wish to host a number of gatherings for activities like fundraisers or GOTV (Get Out The Vote), it seems obvious more than three meetings may occur in a 40 day period. In addition, there are home church groups who meet weekly to practice their constitutionally protected right to Freedom of Religion.

Of course, given that the Fairfax County supervisor predicts this move will end with a lawsuit, we can hope such foolishness will be stopped short of passage. It is especially ridiculous when the number of complaints about such gatherings amounted to a mere 6 in one year. Police get more noise complaints about dogs barking and kids playing basketball.

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South Carolina Politichick Shannon Grady came to the staff in late 2013 with experience writing political pieces on US foreign, domestic, and education policy for Shannon has also been a guest commentator on The PonyTail Patriot BlogTalkRadio show. Shannon brings a unique perspective to European politics as she is able to cover events happening across Europe from the heart of the EU, while living in Brussels, Belgium. Her articles include original coverage of the Memorial Day events at Flanders Field, Belgium and the 70th anniversary D-Day events in Normandy, France. Shannon has a BA in History from the University of South Carolina, a Masters from Webster University, and recently finished her doctorate program at Liberty University where she focused on Educational Leadership and Administration. She currently teaches online AP courses in Macro and Micro Economics and AP US history. She is the wife of active duty Army officer LTC Matthew Grady who is currently assigned to NATO in Belgium and the mother of one rambunctious little boy. Follow Shannon on Twitter: @SGPAExPat

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