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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. “I applaud (Carney) for listening to the store owners and the people and being reactive to the wants and needs of the community and doing the right thing,” said Mitch Denham, founder of Delaware Gun Rights, a 21,000-member Facebook group. “I’m glad to hear that this happened.” The classification of firearms stores as “nonessential” elicited uproar from gun rights advocates, who said the forced closures were a “direct infringement” on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 20 of the Delaware Constitution. Both grant citizens the right to bear arms. “We want people to be able to have access that don’t have access,” Denham told Delaware Online/The News Journal on Wednesday. “Maybe you’re anti-gun and never saw a reason to have one until now, so you’ve never had one.  [full article]

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