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MO – RETAILERS – Jackson County reverses, says KC area Bass Pro can stay open to sell guns and ammo

Jackson County has reversed its order telling Bass Pro Shops in Independence to close to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Now, the county says the massive sports and outdoors retailer can remain open to sell guns and ammunition. County officials on Monday said they ordered the store to close amid a metro-wide stay-at-home order that mandates the closure of nonessential businesses. Aside from sending a letter…

CA – RETAILERS – Federal Judge OKs Gun-Store Shutdowns Near Los Angeles

A FEDERAL JUDGE ON TUESDAY DENIED A REQUEST TO FORCE VENTURA COUNTY, CALIF., TO REOPEN GUN STORES FORCED TO CLOSE IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. JUDGE CONSUELO B. MARSHALL, A JIMMY CARTER APPOINTEE, OF THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, SAID SHE WOULD NOT GRANT A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST THE COUNTY'S SHUTDOWN ORDER. HER DECISION IS ONE OF THE FIRST IN THE LEGAL BATTLE OVER PANDEMIC-RELATED CLOSURES OF GUN BUSINESSES.

IA – RETAILERS – THE NIGHT SHIFT: Corridor gun shops see more demand in midst of coronavirus

LOCAL GUN STORES ARE SCRAMBLING TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND FOR WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION, BUT UNLIKE WITH TOILET PAPER AND HAND SANITIZER THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF GUNS SO FAR. TWO STORE OWNERS IN MARION AND HIAWATHA SAY THERE ARE MORE FIRST-TIME BUYERS THAN USUAL AND MOST OF THOSE ARE BUYING LONG GUNS, WHICH DON’T REQUIRE A CARRY PERMIT IN IOWA. STILL, A NATIONAL INSTANT BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED.

NY – RETAILERS – Gun shop sues New York State due to COVID-19 regulations

A GUN SHOP ALONG WITH TWO CUSTOMERS IN SUFFOLK COUNTY HAS NOW FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST NEW YORK STATE AFTER MANY GUN SHOPS IN THE STATE WERE TEMPORARILY SHUT DOWN. ACCORDING TO A FACEBOOK POST THAT DARK STORM INDUSTRIES, A GUN SHOP LOCATED IN OAKDALE, NEW YORK, MADE THEY SAID THAT THEY FILED A LAWSUIT CLAIMING THAT GUNS ARE A PART OF A CIVIL RIGHTS OF NEW YORKER'S THAT THE STATE IS CURRENTLY BREAKING. THEY ALSO NOTED THAT THERE WERE TWO CUSTOMERS WHO COULDN'T RECEIVE THEIR GUNS DUE TO THE CLOSURE, ONE CUSTOMER WHO WANTED TO GET ONE TO PURCHASE FOR THEIR SAFETY AND ANOTHER ONE HAD PURCHASED ONE BEFORE THE CLOSURE BUT COULDN'T PICK IT UP.

MO – RETAILERS – Jackson County: Bass Pro Shops Can Only Sell Guns, Ammo Under Stay-At-Home Order.

THE JACKSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS BASS PRO SHOPS IN INDEPENDENCE IS NOT AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS AND CAN ONLY STAY OPEN FOR THE SALE OF GUNS AND AMMUNITION BECAUSE OF MISSOURI LAW. BASS PRO SHOPS WAS NOTIFIED MONDAY THAT IT WAS NOT AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS AFTER THE COUNTY RECEIVED SEVERAL COMPLAINTS.

WA – RETAILERS – Some Washington gun dealers keeping stores open, defying Inslee’s order amid coronavirus outbreak

Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency stay-home order didn’t deem firearms dealers essential and necessary to stay open, like grocery stores and pharmacies, to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

That isn’t stopping Tiffany Teasdale, owner of Lynnwood Gun. “We don’t have anything in writing that says we need to stay closed,” Teasdale said. “And I don’t know anything about what the governor has said.” Teasdale doesn’t appear to be the only…

Gun sales spike in Riverside County as confusion over gun store closures roils L.A.

NEWS.YAHOO.COM March 31, 2020 – Much like toilet paper and water bottles, firearms and ammunition are flying off the shelves in Riverside County, where gun stores are considered an essential business, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

In California’s updated stay-at-home order, Gov. Gavin Newsom left the distinction up to county sheriffs to determine whether gun stores should be considered necessary and…

LA County Sheriff Retracts Orders Closing Gun Stores

LOS ANGELES.CBSLOCAL.COM March 30, 2020 – Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva Monday retracted previous orders that would temporarily close gun stores in Los Angeles County during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, the Sheriff wrote in part,

“On March 28, 2020, the United States Department of Homeland Security issued an Advisory Memorandum in regard to Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during…

SD – RETAILERS – Legislature Expands Governor Power During Emergency, Exempts Guns & Ammo

SOUTH DAKOTA LAWMAKERS ARE PASSING A BILL THAT BROADENS THE GOVERNOR’S POWER IN TIMES OF DISASTER OR EMERGENCIES. THE BILL IS MEANT TO DEFINE THE GOVERNOR’S ROLE IN ADDRESSING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK. LAWMAKERS ADDED AN AMENDMENT THAT PROHIBITS THE GOVERNMENT FROM CLOSING GUN STORES AND INCLUDES OTHER GUN RIGHTS RELATED PROVISIONS.

NC – RETAILERS – Why Wake County now says gun stores can stay open during COVID-19 pandemic

WAKE COUNTY IS REVERSING ITS STANCE ON WHETHER GUN STORES CAN REMAIN OPEN DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. BUT WAKE COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHAIR GREG FORD SAID THE COUNTY IS NOT CHANGING ITS STAY-AT-HOME ORDER BECAUSE GUN ADVOCACY GROUPS COMPLAINED ABOUT IT. ‘THESE ARE ROUTINE UPDATES AS CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE,” HE SAID. WAKE COUNTY ORDERED ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES TO CLOSE AS OF 5 P.M. FRIDAY TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. WAKE, DURHAM AND ORANGE COUNTIES DID NOT LIST GUN STORES AS ESSENTIAL IN THEIR STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS, WHICH RESTRICT PEOPLE TO THEIR HOMES EXCEPT FOR ESSENTIAL JOBS AND TASKS LIKE GETTING FOOD OR SEEKING MEDICAL CARE.

NJ – RETAILERS – Murphy Reversal: Deems Gun Shops ‘Essential’ During COVID-19

NEWLY DESIGNATED AS “ESSENTIAL” DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC BY GOV. PHIL MURPHY, FIREARMS RETAILERS WILL OPEN AND DO BUSINESS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY AND UNDER LIMITED HOURS AS OF EARLY TUESDAY IN NEW JERSEY. BUT RANGES THROUGHOUT THE STATE WILL REMAIN CLOSED.

CO – RETAILERS – Gun safety group decries labeling of firearms industry as critical infrastructure

AFTER AN AGENCY OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DEEMED GUN MANUFACTURERS, RETAILERS AND OPERATORS OF SHOOTING RANGES AS “CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE” AMID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, A NATIONAL GUN SAFETY GROUP IS PUSHING BACK AGAINST THE DESIGNATION. "IT IS FALSE AND IRRESPONSIBLE FOR GUN STORE OWNERS OR INDUSTRY LOBBYISTS TO CLAIM THAT GUN DEALERS ARE CONSTITUTIONALLY EXEMPT FROM COMPLYING WITH COVID-19 CLOSURES,” SAID THE GIFFORDS LAW CENTER TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE IN A STATEMENT.

MN – RETAILERS – Gun sales soar amid coronavirus outbreak

Spikes in gun sales typically follow mass shootings or the elections of presidents who are Democrats, as gun owners fear government restrictions on future firearms sales. But first-time gun buyers are fueling a recent surge in Minnesota gun sales. And the coronavirus pandemic is the main reason for their purchases, said John Munson, a gun store owner. “A lot of new buyers that don’t own firearms are saying, ‘hey,…

HI – RETAILERS – Even in Hilo, demand for guns, ammo soars

AS PEOPLE ACROSS THE NATION STOCKED UP ON TOILET PAPER AND CLEANING SUPPLIES IN PREPARATION FOR THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN, DEMAND FOR GUNS AND AMMUNITION ALSO SPIKED IN HILO. “I’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS,” SAID SEAN STUEBER, CO-OWNER OF STUEBS’ GUNS AND AMMO IN HILO. STUEBS AND THE S. TOKUNAGA STORE, TOGETHER THE PRIMARY FIREARMS STORES IN EAST HAWAII, HAVE REMAINED OPEN DURING THE STATE’S SHUTDOWN OF NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES, RESPONDING TO INCREASED DEMAND FOR GUNS FROM RESIDENTS.

CA – RETAILERS – Gun shops deemed essential businesses in Riverside County. Some are seeing a boom in sales

First-time gun buyers and customers eager to purchase ammunition are flooding firearms retailers in Southern California as the coronavirus pandemic has stoked concerns about public safety and self-defense in a state on lock down. Local gun shops are selling a year’s worth of inventory in days and are being pushed to their limits as ammunition is flying off the shelves. The demand in areas such as Riverside County, where gun…

PA – RETAILERS – Are Gun Shops Essential? PA Gov Reverses Amid Nationwide Push For Weapons Access

PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR TOM WOLF (D), LIKE MANY GOVERNORS NATIONWIDE, ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER LAST WEEK TO SHUTTER NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES ACROSS THE STATE TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS. BUT BY TUESDAY, HE HAD QUIETLY AMENDED THAT ORDER TO EXEMPT FIREARMS RETAILERS FROM THE BLANKET CLOSURE. HIS REVERSAL CAME AFTER THREE STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, WRITING FOR THE MINORITY, ARGUED THAT HIS DECISION WOULD COMPLETELY SHUT DOWN ALL GUN SALES, SINCE LAW DICTATES THAT THE TRANSACTIONS MUST BE MADE IN PERSON. THAT, THEY ARGUED, WOULD BLOCK PENNSYLVANIANS FROM THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

IL – RETAILERS – Coronavirus stay-at-home orders can’t shut down local gun stores, state law says

MANY GUN STORES IN SPRINGFIELD ARE OPEN, THOUGH THE WAY THEY'RE DOING BUSINESS HAS CHANGED A LOT SINCE THE ONSET OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. AT EAGLE ARMORY, WHICH JUST MOVED INTO ITS NEW STORE ON EAST CHESTNUT EXPRESSWAY, OWNER ZAC TEERHARK SAID BUSINESS HAS BEEN BOOMING IN RECENT WEEKS. "BUSINESS HAS BEEN CRAZY, WITH A LOT OF FIRST-TIME GUN BUYERS," TEERHARK SAID. "WE'RE SEEING A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO'VE NEVER BOUGHT A GUN BEFORE, BUT JUST DECIDED NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO BUY ONE." TEERHARK SAID HE IS LIMITING THE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS WHO CAN BE IN THE STORE TO 10 AT A TIME, WITH A SIGN OUTSIDE LETTING PEOPLE KNOW THAT."INSIDE, WE'RE KEEPING PEOPLE SPACED OUT. AND WE'RE KEEPING OUR HANDS SANITIZED TO PROTECT OUR EMPLOYEES," HE SAID.

DE – RETAILERS – Gun stores issued cease-and-desist orders after defying governor’s coronavirus order

Several firearms stores in Delaware that defied Gov. John Carney’s Sunday order closing all “nonessential” businesses were served cease-and-desist letters this week, telling owners to shut down their shops or face arrest. Robert Miller, owner of Miller’s Gun Center on U.S. 13 in New Castle County, was one of those who received the letter Wednesday afternoon. Delaware State Police troopers delivered the official document at about 5 p.m., hours…

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