Nova Firearms, the gun store that opened amid controversy in February on W. Broad St. in Falls Church, across the street from the St. James School, suddenly closed its doors this weekend, the News-Press learned today.
A sign posted on the door of the location said, “Regretfully due to recent neighborhood events and our desire to act in the best interests of the community in partnership with Falls Church Police, we have decided to close up this store in order to look for a more ideal location.” The note added that the company’s other retail location in McLean remains open.
Susan Finarelli, head of the City’s communications office, told the News-Press when it asked for a comment from Falls Church Police Chief Mary Gavin, the following, “The chief said she’s had no contact with the business. Any contact the police have had has been in the vein of regular neighborhood check-ins. It looks like Nova Firearms made a business decision on their own – not sure why they mentioned the police department on their sign.”
This is the second time Nova Firearms has shuttered in the City of Falls Church. It relocated its first City location, above Bedo’s Leatherworks at 412 W. Broad Street, to McLean in 2013.