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Elspeth
05-05-2014, 05:38 PM
Fairfax County wants to outlaw large gatherings at private homes.

Fairfax aims to downsize home assemblies
http://watchdog.org/142488/faiirfax-home-assemblies/

FAIRFAX, Va. – A plan to ban “frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes” is a lawsuit waiting to happen, a Fairfax County supervisor predicts.

Officials will get an idea Wednesday when public-comment hearings begin in Virginia’s most populous county.

“I believe the county is risking a lawsuit and/or a constitution challenge by interfering with peoples’ right to assemble,” Supervisor Pat Herrity said in a statement.

The proposed zoning ordinance limits “group assembly” at residences to 49 people a day. Such gatherings “shall not occur more frequently than three times in any 40-day period.”

County officials say they have received complaints about group meetings at homes. But Herrity said “they haven’t even reached 1 percent of the thousands of complaints our Department of Code Compliance investigates a year.”

“This is yet another instance where we appear to be punishing the many for the actions of the few,” said Herrity, who reported a total of six complaints were received last year.

Church groups, scouting organizations or even sports fans drawn to a home’s big-screen TV during playoffs could be potential targets of the proposed county law. Realtors worry that even open houses would invite civil penalties.

John Whitehead, an attorney and president of the civil-libertarian Rutherford Institute, calls the Fairfax plan “nefarious.”

“Broad enactments like these have governments assuming that private property is their property,” Whitehead said in an interview with Watchdog.org....

FlaGator
05-05-2014, 06:55 PM
Sounds like someone in government doesn't care for weekly Bible studies.

thundley4
05-05-2014, 06:57 PM
Any legitimate objections to large gatherings should be covered by other more legal laws such as noise ordinances, parking or such rules.

NJCardFan
05-06-2014, 12:29 AM
Right to assembly people. It's in the 1st amendment.

FourWinds
05-06-2014, 03:08 AM
Hate to break it to them, but they have no leg to stand on when it comes to how many guests one can have in a home. Aside from that, I'm pretty sure I can take a guess on who it is aimed at. Boy, it must be nice picking on a religion you know won't hit you back.