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NAT’L – RETAILERS – Why the spike in first-time gun purchases amid coronavirus is an encouraging sign

PEOPLE ARE FEELING MORE SELF-SUFFICIENT THESE DAYS. WHEN IT COMES TO SELF-DEFENSE, THAT’S A GOOD THING. PART OF THE MOVE TOWARD SELF-SUFFICIENCY INVOLVES PEOPLE TAKING MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND THAT OF THEIR LOVED ONES. SOME FAMILIES ARE CHOOSING TO BUY A FIREARM FOR SELF-DEFENSE. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS CALLED GUN STORES, GUN MANUFACTURERS, AND SHOOTING RANGES “ESSENTIAL SERVICES.” GUN STORES ARE REPORTING ANECDOTAL ESTIMATES OF BETWEEN 50% TO 90% OF GUN PURCHASES ARE TO FIRST-TIME FIREARM OWNERS, DEPENDING ON THE STATE.

MA – RETAILERS – Gun-Rights Supporters Rally Against Massachusetts Governor’s Closure of Gun Shops

ABOUT 80 PEOPLE RALLIED TO CALL FOR REOPENING GUN SHOPS IN THE STATE AT THE BOURNE ROTARY THIS PAST WEEKEND, ORGANIZERS SAID. THE WELL-TRAVELLED ROTARY IS ON THE CAPE SIDE OF THE BOURNE BRIDGE. PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED GUN SHOP OWNERS AND OTHER SUPPORTERS OF GUN RIGHTS. MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER, A REPUBLICAN, HAS ORDERED GUN SHOPS CLOSED DURING THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY, INCLUDING THEM AMONG THE NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES CURRENTLY NOT ALLOWED TO OPERATE.

MI – RETAILERS – Woman opens gun store in Comstock Park complying with Whitmer’s executive orders

WITH MANY BUSINESSES SHUTTING DOWN, ONE WOMAN FROM WEST MICHIGAN IS OPENING UP FIRST ON MONDAY. “FLASHPOINT FIREARMS HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL JOURNEY, AN EXPERIENCE ME, ESPECIALLY BEING A WOMAN OWNING THIS BUSINESS,” FLASHPOINT FIREARMS OWNER LISA MAYO SAID. MAYO SAID THAT TO HER KNOWLEDGE, SHE'S ONE OF THE ONLY FEMALE GUN RETAILERS IN THE AREA. SHE SAID SHE'S ALWAYS HAD A PASSION FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION. “ALWAYS LOVED GUNS, ALWAYS ENJOYED IT,” MAYO SAID. BECAUSE THE GUN SHOWS MAYO NORMALLY SELLS AT ARE CANCELED FOR THE TIME BEING, SHE DECIDED TO OPEN UP HER FIRST STOREFRONT.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Gun shops are essentially mistaken

WHEN MASSACHSET’S GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER DECLARING WHICH BUSINESSES WERE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, THERE WERE A FEW CHOICES THAT INITIALLY APPEARED MORE THAN PASSING STRANGE. FOR EXAMPLE, RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA SHOPS WERE NOT CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL, AND YET PACKAGE STORES WERE; A DUBIOUS DISTINCTION, AT BEST. BAKER’S DECISION TO DECLARE GUN STORES NONESSENTIAL, HOWEVER, IS EMINENTLY REASONABLE, AS THE LAST THING A GROUP OF ON-EDGE PEOPLE NEED DURING A PANDEMIC IS A SUPERABUNDANCE OF WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THAT THERE IS NO REASON FOR EXPANDING THE POOL OF WEAPONS; CRIME ACROSS THE UNITED STATES HAS DONE NOTHING BUT DROP SINCE THE START OF THE OUTBREAK.

NAT’L – RETAILERS – COVID-19 pandemic fuels state feuds over gun rights

COVID-19 has ignited the debate over gun rights as states grapple with whether to allow gun sales while other retailers are forced to shutter. Stores selling guns and ammunition remain legally open in 45 states that include sellers and manufacturers as essential services that are exempted from orders shutting down most commercial activity or have no such orders. In his order outlining which businesses can remain open, Gov. Doug Ducey…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – The Coronavirus Pandemic Is No Excuse to Close Gun Stores

A prospective buyer examines an AR-15 at the Ready Gunner gun store in Provo, Utah, in 2016. (George Frey/Reuters) It’s unconstitutional, and Americans have an even greater need to protect themselves during a national emergency. In order for the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms to remain meaningful, law-abiding citizens must have the ability to acquire a firearm — even during a pandemic. In fact, the right to self-defense…

NAT’L – RETAILERS – Pandemic fuels state-level feuds over gun rights

COVID-19 has ignited the debate over gun rights as states grapple with whether to allow gun sales while other retailers are forced to shutter. Stores selling guns and ammunition legally remain open in 45 states, including North Carolina. Sellers and manufacturers are considered essential services that are exempt from stay-at-home orders. Where governors or local officials have ordered stores closed, the National Rifle Association and its allies have sued,…

CA – RETAILERS – Council Votes Gun Stores as “Essential Service”

Faced with hundreds of speaker cards supporting gun stores and read by the city clerk, the city council voted 5-0 to allow Martin B. Retting gun store to remain open. Council ruled that firearm retailers are part of the essential critical infrastructure and are allowed to be open during the COVID-19 local emergency. In a press release the city stated, “The policy is consistent with CISA Guidance and…

Fact check: Guns sales rise and crime falls as the coronavirus spreads in US

USA TODAY April 22, 2020 – While Americans have responded to COVID-19 in myriad ways, some broad trends have emerged as data from the first weeks of the pandemic become available.

“Firearm revenue is up 309%. Crime is down. It’s almost like guns aren’t the problem,” a Facebook post from The Shooters Hangout reads. The number appears to be taken from figures published…

NM – RETAILERS – Shooting range and gun store shut down days after owner announced he would defy state order

A PROMINENT GUN STORE AND INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE WAS SHUT DOWN BY STATE POLICE EARLIER THIS WEEK AFTER THE OWNER PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED HE WOULD REMAIN OPEN FOR BUSINESS DESPITE A STATE ORDER TEMPORARILY BANNING COMMERCIAL GUN SALES. IN AN ATTEMPT TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN THE STATE, STATE OFFICIALS HAVE LIMITED THE TYPES OF BUSINESSES THAT CAN REMAIN OPEN UNDER A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY. LOUIE SANCHEZ, THE OWNER OF CALIBERS AND A RECENT REPUBLICAN U.S. SENATE HOPEFUL, POSTED ON FACEBOOK THAT ON THURSDAY NIGHT THE NEW MEXICO STATE POLICE SHUT DOWN HIS BUSINESS. “IT’S AMAZING HOW THE GOVERNOR IS PICKING ‘WINNERS AND LOSERS’ AS SMALL BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED ALL OVER THE STATE AND THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE NOW UNEMPLOYED,” SANCHEZ WROTE. “SMALL BUSINESSES NEW AND OLD WHICH WILL NEVER RECOVER OR REOPEN THEY’RE (SIC) DOORS AGAIN.”

CA – RETAILERS – Clovis Mayor to Gov. Newsom: Don’t Shut Down Gun Stores

CLOVIS MAYOR DREW BESSINGER IS ASKING CALIFORNIA’S GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM NOT TO RESTRICT SALES OF GUNS AND AMMUNITION DURING THE COVID-19 SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER. “I AM WRITING YOU TO STRONGLY OPPOSE ANY SUCH ACTION,” BESSINGER WROTE IN A LETTER SENT TO NEWSOM ON WEDNESDAY. IN HIS ONE-PAGE LETTER, BESSINGER EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE NUMBER OF PRISONERS RELEASED FROM FRESNO COUNTY JAIL UNDER A STATE JUDICIAL COUNCIL MANDATE. HUNDREDS HAVE EITHER BEEN CUT LOOSE OR WILL BE RELEASED BECAUSE OF THE JUDICIAL COUNCIL’S $0 BAIL ORDER FOR MANY OFFENSES.

TX – RETAILERS – Gun Store Opens Drive-Thru Amid Pandemic Demand

MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE BUYING FIREARMS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. IT’S A MOVE THAT’S OFTEN ROUTINE IN ANY CRISIS, AS MANY SAY THEY’RE LOOKING FOR A SENSE OF SECURITY. “IT’S BEEN OVERWHELMING,” SAID CROSSHAIRS TEXAS CO-OWNER TROY MICHALIK. “I CANNOT TELL YOU A NUMBER OF ABSOLUTE FIRST-TIME GUN BUYERS THAT HAVE BEEN IN THE STORE, LOOKING FOR SOME SORT OF SELF-PROTECTION.” “JUST BACKGROUND CHECKS ALONE, MATCHED WITH WHAT THE ATF AND FBI WERE SAYING ABOUT THEIR CRISIS, IS TRYING TO KEEP UP,” ADDED DEVON MICHALIK, CROSSHAIRS TEXAS CO-OWNER.

TX – RETAILERS – As coronavirus rages, a Fort Worth-based gun shop is accused of price gouging

Gerald Cathey wanted to stock up on ammunition when the novel coronavirus began to spread across Texas. So the 49-year-old River Oaks man began looking online at gun and ammo shops.

When he looked at the website for Fort Worth-based Cheaper Than Dirt, he said prices for ammunition were three times the normal market price. So he filed a price-gouging complaint with the Texas Attorney General’s office. He wasn’t alone….

PA – RETAILERS – Gun sales soared in Pa. as coronavirus grew, but thousands denied after background checks

THERE WERE SO MANY GUN SALES IN PENNSYLVANIA LAST MONTH THAT IT CAUSED THE ONLINE STATE BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM TO CRASH. THAT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SIGNS OF A SPIKE, ALONG WITH LONG LINES AT GUN SHOPS AND A RUN ON AMMO, ACCORDING TO THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE. DATA RELEASED TUESDAY CONFIRMED WHAT THEY WERE EXPECTING. "IT’S CLEAR THE VOLUME WENT UP AS COVID-19 AWARENESS GREW IN MID-TO-LATE MARCH," SAID RYAN TARKOWSKI, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE. THERE WERE 304,876 BACKGROUND CHECKS CONDUCTED IN PENNSYLVANIA DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2020, UP 14 PERCENT FROM 266,442 DURING THE SAME QUARTER IN 2019. THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF BACKGROUND CHECKS CAME ON MARCH 20, WHEN THE SYSTEM SCANNED 8,346 BUYERS. PENNSYLVANIA HADN'T RUN THAT MANY CHECKS SINCE BLACK FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2017, WHEN 9,178 CHECKS WERE CONDUCTED, TARKOWSKI SAID.

DC – RETAILERS – ATF Issues Drive-Through Gun Transfer Clarification

CURTIS W. GILBERT, ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR THE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAMS AND SERVICES SECTION OF THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES (BATFE), ISSUED A LETTER ON APRIL 10, 2020, THAT PROVIDED CLARIFICATION ON HOW FFLS CAN LAWFULLY CONDUCT BUSINESS AT DRIVE-UP WINDOWS, DOORWAYS AND MORE DURING COVID-19 SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDERS TO MAXIMIZE ADHERENCE TO HEALTH GUIDELINES ENACTED AFTER THE MARCH 13 DECLARATION OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY. THE SHORT INSTRUCTION IS THIS: “A LICENSED IMPORTER, MANUFACTURER, OR DEALER MAY ENGAGE IN THE FIREARMS OR AMMUNITION BUSINESS FOR WHICH THE BUSINESS IS LICENSED ON ANY PART OF ITS BUSINESS PREMISES.” SEE STORY FOR FURTHER CLARIFICATION.

MA – RETAILERS – Mass. Gun Shops Ask Court To Overrule Gov.’s Virus Closures

Massachusetts residents and gun stores have asked a federal court to reverse Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision to shutter firearms shops during the coronavirus pandemic, saying the move violates the Second Amendment by barring legal avenues to obtain guns. Six residents, four gun stores and three gun policy organizations on Tuesday asked U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock for a restraining order or preliminary injunction to keep Baker and…

SC sporting goods stores must close under coronavirus orders, unless they sell guns

POST AND COURIER.COM APRIL 15, 2020 – Academy Sports is open. Todd and Moore in downtown Columbia is not.

Both are sporting goods stores, which are categorized as nonessential under Gov. Henry McMaster’s orders dictating which businesses must close to curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Carolina. But the one that sells guns can stay open.

That’s just one example…

NM – RETAILERS – Albuquerque gun shop plans to defy governor’s order and reopen (VIDEO)

A GUN SHOP IN ALBUQUERQUE PLANS TO REOPEN DESPITE A PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER FROM THE GOVERNOR THAT SAYS NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES MUST CLOSE THROUGH APRIL 30. LOUIE SANCHEZ, OWNER OF CALIBERS, SAID THE ORDER IS AN OVER-REACH BY THE GOVERNOR. "SO, WE AT CALIBERS HAVE DECIDED THAT WE ARE GOING TO OPEN UP WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING ON OUR RANGE," SANCHEZ SAID. "AND YOU KNOW WHAT, WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THIS FIGHT BACK TO HER. WE FEEL THAT UNLESS, SOMEHOW, SHE GOT A MAGICAL POWER TO TAKE THE SECOND AMENDMENT OUT OF OUR CONSTITUTION, THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO OPEN UP."

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