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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.

MA – INDUSTRY INSIDER – Coronavirus shutdown doesn’t close Springfield Smith & Wesson plant; gunmaker donates eye protection to Baystate Health

SAYING IT IS “CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE UNITED STATES AND THE COMMONWEALTH,” GUNMAKER SMITH & WESSON IS KEEPING ITS MANUFACTURING PLANTS, INCLUDING THE SPRINGFIELD FACTORY, OPERATIONAL DURING GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S ORDER CLOSING “NONESSENTIAL” BUSINESSES ACROSS THE STATE.

NH – COURTS – Judge allows suit against SIG Sauer to proceed

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS RULED THAT A LAWSUIT AGAINST NEW HAMPSHIRE ARMS MANUFACTURER SIG SAUER CONCERNING ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGES OF ONE OF ITS POPULAR HANDGUNS — THE SEMIAUTOMATIC SIG P320 — CAN MOVE FORWARD. U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE JOSEPH LAPLANTE SAID THAT THE MAN BRINGING THE LAWSUIT — ARIZONA RESIDENT DERICK ORTIZ — CAN PROCEED ON SEVEN OF THE EIGHT CLAIMS OF FRAUD, WARRANTY BREACH AND CONSUMER PROTECTION VIOLATIONS THAT HE BROUGHT AGAINST THE NEWINGTON-BASED MANUFACTURER.

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 – After uproar, Gov. Carney backtracks, allows firearms stores to open by appointment only

FIREARMS STORES IN DELAWARE CAN NOW ACCEPT CUSTOMERS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, THE STATE SAID THURSDAY. AN EMERGENCY ORDER FROM GOV. JOHN CARNEY TO CLOSE NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES WAS AMENDED TO ALLOW THE CHANGE, FOLLOWING IN PENNSYLVANIA'S FOOTSTEPS. IT COMES LESS THAN TWO DAYS AFTER DELAWARE STATE POLICE BEGAN ISSUING CEASE-AND-DESIST ORDERS TO BUSINESSES THAT REMAINED OPEN. BY MID-AFTERNOON THURSDAY, TROOPERS HAD DELIVERED FOUR LETTERS: THREE TO FIREARMS STORES AND ONE TO A VAPE SHOP. GOV. JOHN CARNEY'S MODIFICATION CAME AT ABOUT 5:30 P.M. THURSDAY.

TX – RETAILERS – Guns are now the latest item Texans are panic-buying (MULTIPLE VIDEOS)

PANIC-BUYING AT GROCERY STORES HAS LED TO PANIC-BUYING AT GUN STORES IN TEXAS. “THESE PEOPLE ARE COMING IN BECAUSE THEY ARE PETRIFIED OF PEOPLE COMING IN AND HARMING THEIR FAMILIES AND TAKING THEIR FOOD,” EAGLE GUN RANGE OWNER DAVID PRINCE SAID. IN THE LAST 10 DAYS, PRINCE SAID, GUN SALES AT HIS STORES IN FARMERS BRANCH AND LEWISVILLE ARE UP 500%. “WE’VE HAD A RUSH OF PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE BEGGING TO BUY FIREARMS. THEY DON’T CARE WHAT KIND,” PRINCE ADDED. BUT WHILE GROCERY STORES ARE CONSIDERED AN ESSENTIAL BUSINESS AND ALLOWED TO REMAIN OPEN WHILE DALLAS COUNTY SHELTERS IN PLACE, GUN STORES ARE NOT.

MD – RETAILERS – Coronavirus fears in Baltimore, region spur ‘panic buying’ of guns and ammunition

IN THIS TIME OF CORONAVIRUS AND LOCKDOWNS, IT SEEMS NOBODY IN MARYLAND WANTS TO GET CAUGHT SHORT ON TOILET PAPER, PASTA, SOUP OR HAND SANITIZER. ADD AMMUNITION AND FIREARMS TO THAT LIST, AT LEAST FOR A GROWING NUMBER OF PEOPLE ACROSS BALTIMORE AND THE REGION. PANIC BUYING AND FRENZIES ARE BECOMING COMMON, GUN RIGHTS ADVOCATES AND SHOP OWNERS SAY, ADDING THAT THE TREND IS EXPECTED DURING UNCERTAIN TIMES.

NM – RETAILERS – Guns, ammo a hot commodity in Pueblo, retailers say

ON A TYPICAL BUSINESS DAY, GREG COLLINS SAYS HE MIGHT SELL A HANDFUL OF GUNS AND A FEW BOXES OF AMMUNITION. “NOW WE’RE SELLING FROM 30 TO 50 GUNS A DAY,” SAID COLLINS, OWNER OF BAM BAM FIREARMS AND SPORTING GOODS IN THE REGENCY SHOPPING CENTER. “BUSINESS HAS BEEN EXCELLENT: SOME DAYS, WE DO IN A DAY WHAT WE NORMALLY DO IN A MONTH.” ALONG WITH TOILET PAPER, SANITIZER AND BOTTLED WATER, YOU CAN ADD FIREARMS, AND ESPECIALLY AMMUNITION, TO THE LIST OF IN-DEMAND ITEMS RESULTING FROM THE ONGOING CORONAVIRUS SCARE.

FL – RETAILERS – Neither hurricanes nor 9/11 caused as big a surge in gun sales as coronavirus

GUN SHOP OWNERS HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A SURGE IN SALES — NOT AFTER THE 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS, NOT IN REACTION TO MASS SHOOTINGS, NOT EVEN WHEN CATEGORY 5 HURRICANES THREATENED TO FLATTEN SOUTH FLORIDA. FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ARE MOTIVATING PEOPLE TO BUY GUNS AND AMMUNITION AS THEY SEEK PROTECTION FROM POSSIBLE DOOMSDAY DISINTEGRATION INTO LAWLESSNESS, WITH HOME INVASIONS, LOOTING, RUNS ON BANKS, AND FIGHTS OVER FOOD, MEDICINE, HOSPITAL BEDS AND SHELTER ACROSS THE LAND

CA – RETAILERS – Coronavirus: Are gun stores essential? Governor Newsom sidesteps that question, leaves it to the counties

GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM ON WEDNESDAY WOULDN’T SAY WHETHER HIS UNPRECEDENTED STATEWIDE SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER MEANS GUN STORES IN CALIFORNIA HAVE TO CLOSE AS NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES, INSTEAD LEAVING THAT DECISION TO EACH OF THE STATE’S 58 COUNTIES. “I BELIEVE IN PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS BUT I’LL DEFER TO THE SHERIFF IN THIS INSTANCE, THE SHERIFFS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE JURISDICTIONS,” SAID NEWSOM DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE. THAT’S SURE TO MUDDLE WHAT SOME LOCAL LEADERS SAY IS A GROWING PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUE: PANICKED BUYING OF FIREARMS AND SOME STORES DEFYING TOUGHER RESTRICTIONS IN BAY AREA COUNTIES THAT DON’T DEFINE THEM AS ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES DURING THE UNPRECEDENTED LOCKDOWN TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS.

CA – RETAILERS – Are all the gun stores in L.A. County closing? Vague sheriff’s order leaves some confusion

LOS ANGELES COUNTY’S SHERIFF IS URGING ALL GUN STORES, INCLUDING SOME THAT HAVE SEEN SURGING SALES AND LINES OF CUSTOMERS OUT THEIR DOORS AMID THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, TO CLOSE THIS WEEK IF THEY HAVEN’T ALREADY. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH FOX 11 ON MONDAY, SHERIFF ALEX VILLANEUVA DEEMED GUN STORES “NON-ESSENTIAL” UNDER A COUNTY ORDER ISSUED LAST WEEK. THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, IN ITS ORDER, SAID ALL BUSINESSES, EXCEPT GROCERY STORES AND RESTAURANTS THAT OFFERED TAKE OUT, WERE NOT ESSENTIAL AND NEEDED TO CLOSE. SOME COUNTIES, HOWEVER, SAN DIEGO COUNTY AS AN EXAMPLE, WILL NOT BE CLOSING AFTER SOME CONFUSION OVER THE ORIGINAL ORDER FROM THE GOVERNOR THAT DIDN’T SPECIFY GUN STORES BUT, RATHER, BUSINESS THAT WERE CONSIDERED “NON-ESSENTIAL.”

VA – RETAILERS – Gun Shop Owners Warn Northam Against Closing Their Shops Over Coronavirus, Report Skyrocketing Gun Sales

VIRGINIA GUN SHOP OWNERS WARN NORTHAM AGAINST CLOSING THEIR SHOPS OVER CORONAVIRUS, REPORT SKYROCKETING GUN SALES. “MAKE NO MISCALCULATION,” THE GOVERNOR CLAIMED. “IF YOU ARE NECESSARY AND OPEN, YOU HAVE AN EXCLUSIVE ACCOUNTABILITY TO DO THE PROPER MATTER.” NORTHAM’S ADVICE DID NOT MENTION GUN OUTLETS AS BOTH VITAL OR NONESSENTIAL, EVEN THOUGH HE DID CHECKLIST INDOOR TAKING PICTURES RANGES AS NONESSENTIAL. HE DID NOT ANSWER TO A REQUEST FOR COMMENT AS TO REGARDLESS OF WHETHER GUN OUTLETS ARE DEEMED ESSENTIAL.

MD – TRAINING – Impact on sales of ammo, weapons at gun shops amid coronavirus outbreak

SOME MARYLAND GUN SHOPS HAVE CLOSED BELIEVING THAT THEY WERE FOLLOWING GOV. LARRY HOGAN'S EXECUTIVE ORDER TO CLOSE NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN AN EFFORT TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS. PRIOR TO CLOSING, SOME GUN SHOPS LIKE GUNTRY CLUB OF MARYLAND NOTICED AN INCREASE IN THE SALE OF AMMUNITION AND WEAPONS. ON TARGET, MEMBERSHIPS AT THE GUNTRY WERE MOVING WELL -- 600 IN SEVEN WEEKS. BUT THE CORONAVIRUS HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON THE GUN RANGE, EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTER. THIS WEEK, ONLY THREE MEMBERSHIPS WERE SOLD.

PA – RETAILERS – Local gun stores plan to operate, sell curb-side amid coronavirus

PENNSYLVANIA HAS AMENDED ITS LIST OF LIFE-SUSTAINING BUSINESS TO ALLOW FIREARMS DEALERS TO CONTINUE OPERATING UNDER SPECIFIC CONDITIONS. THAT’LL BE WELCOME NEWS TO DEALERS IN THE COUNTY THAT HAD CLOSED IN LIGHT OF GOV. TOM WOLF’S PREVIOUS LIST THAT DID NOT INCLUDE DEALERS. WHILE SOME DEALERS HAD SHUT DOWN, AT LEAST TWO — KINSEY’S OUTDOORS AND LANCO TACTICAL — WERE ALREADY OFFERING OR PLANNING TO OFFER CURBSIDE PICKUP.

CA – RETAILERS – Sheriff Will Not Close San Diego County Gun Stores (VIDEO)

SAN DIEGO COUNTY SHERIFF BILL GORE SAID GUN SHOPS PROVIDE A “VALUABLE PUBLIC SERVICE” DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND WILL BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN OPEN, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE STATE GOVERNMENT’S LIST OF “ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES.” SPEAKING AT A COUNTY NEWS CONFERENCE TUESDAY AFTERNOON, AND IN A RELEASED STATEMENT, GORE SAID COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE A LEGITIMATE RIGHT TO BUY AND POSSESS GUNS. THE SHERIFF SAID LICENSED GUN STORES HELP MAINTAIN PUBLIC SAFETY BY ENSURING THAT BUYERS SUBMIT TO A TEN-DAY WAITING PERIOD AND PASS A STATE LICENSE CHECK.

VA – NRA – The National Rifle Association Is Laying Off Staff, Cutting Salaries And Reducing Hours Amid Covid-19 Outbreak (VIDEO)

THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION (NRA) IS LAYING OFF EMPLOYEES AND REDUCING SALARIES ACROSS THE BOARD IN THE LARGEST PERSONNEL SHAKE-UP SINCE THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OUSTED ITS PRESIDENT AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS IN 2019. IN A NOTE THAT WAS DISTRIBUTED VIA EMAIL TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MONDAY AFTERNOON, CEO WAYNE LAPIERRE ANNOUNCED THAT HIS ORGANIZATION "FACES EXTRAORDINARY CHALLENGES RESULTING FROM COVID-19" AND MUST INSTITUTE SEVERAL WORKFORCE ADJUSTMENTS, INCLUDING "THE ELIMINATION OF CERTAIN POSITIONS," IMPOSING A FOUR-DAY WORKWEEK FOR HOURLY EMPLOYEES AND 20 PERCENT PAY REDUCTIONS ACROSS THE BOARD "WHILE MAINTAINING CURRENT WORKLOADS."

PA – RETAILERS – Pennsylvania Supreme Court Greenlights Mandatory Gun Store Closures

THE PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT ON SUNDAY NIGHT DENIED AN EMERGENCY REQUEST THAT WOULD HAVE BLOCKED A GUBERNATORIAL ORDER MANDATING THE CLOSURE OF GUN RETAILERS IN RESPONSE TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. THE ORDER TO SHUT DOWN GUN STORES WAS PART OF A LARGER PLAN SET FORTH BY THE STATE'S DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR, TOM WOLF, MANDATING THE CLOSURE OF BUSINESSES NOT DEEMED "LIFE-SUSTAINING." GUN-RIGHTS ADVOCATES ASKED THE STATE'S SUPREME COURT TO BLOCK THE ORDER AS IT APPLIED TO GUN RETAILERS, BUT THE SEVEN-MEMBER COURT DENIED THE REQUEST.

TX – RETAILERS – Boosted Gun Shop Sales Are One More Sign of These Trying Times

THE GUN SHOPS OF DALLAS COUNTY HAVE BEEN OVERRUN. THROUGH A COUPLE OF TRYING WEEKS, THAT SIMPLE FACT MAY BE THE DARKEST SLICE OF EXCESSIVE BUYING IN THE FACE OF THIS PANDEMIC. COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS HAS SAID REPEATEDLY THAT THERE IS NO PROBLEM IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN THAT WOULD STRESS OUR INVENTORY OF, SAY, TOILET PAPER, SO LONG AS PEOPLE BUY HOW THEY NORMALLY BUY. PEOPLE STOCKPILE ANYWAY, SO THIS WEEKEND, JENKINS OFFICIALLY LIMITED TP SALES TO 12 ROLLS (OR HOWEVER MANY ARE IN THE PACKAGE, IF IT’S MORE) PER CUSTOMER. AND NOW, APPARENTLY, NOT ONLY DO SOME BELIEVE THERE MAY INDEED BE A LASTING SHORTAGE OF GROCERY GOODS, THEY’RE ARMING THEMSELVES TO PROTECT THEIR STASHES OF FOOD AND WHATEVER ELSE.

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