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BELLMAWR, NJ (August 2, 2020)--The owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey kicked in their boarded-up gym doors after receiving a notice letter Friday threatening to strip them of their business license for defying the state’s lockdown restrictions to remain closed. Screen Shot 2020-07-28 at 12.51.28

Smith joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” following the arrest and called out Gov. Murphy’s actions,  saying, “I’m not afraid of tyrants. No American should be. We outnumber them greatly. The only thing they run off of is fear… [Government officials] don’t ever offer any solutions. It’s ‘wear a mask, shut up and wait for a vaccine.’ That’s not public health and I won’t subscribe to it.”

Smith and Trumbetti were charged with fourth-degree contempt, as well as obstruction and violation of a disaster-control act.

Murphy ordered gyms and other businesses to close on March 21 and the gym owners first reopened their gym on May 18 in defiance of the state’s monthslong coronavirus restrictions to keep their business from shutting down. The New Jersey Department of Health followed up with a mandate to have the gym be closed down and they changed the locks.

(RELATED: NJ Gym Owners Ticketed For Reopening Amid Government Shutdown)

In a July 1 Facebook video, Smith explained how they were putting their workout equipment outside to accommodate health concerns.

The gym has been raising money for their legal battle via a GoFundMe account Atilis Bellmawr Court Relief.

“You will not trample on our rights and you will not destroy our lives. We will not back down. Ever.” Smith wrote on his Instagram account on Saturday.