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NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – States Use Pandemic to Suspend Second Amendment

State governors across the country have issued orders mandating the closure of all businesses not deemed essential or “life-sustaining” in response to the growing China Virus pandemic. Unfortunately, several states have included firearms retailers in their list of “nonessential” stores, effectively limiting their residents’ access to their Second Amendment rights. In Pennsylvania, the commonwealth’s Supreme Court recently upheld Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s shuttering of all gun stores. In his dissenting opinion, Justice David Wecht blasted the governor’s order, writing, “In my view, it is incumbent upon the Governor to make some manner of allowance for our citizens to continue to exercise this constitutional right.” Wecht continued, “Such an accommodation may be effectuated while preserving sensible restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, but nonetheless provide a legal avenue for the purchase and sale of firearms, thus avoiding an impermissible intrusion upon a fundamental constitutional right.” In short, there is no legitimate excuse to suspend Americans’ civil rights due to a crisis. Wolf is not the only governor to dismiss Americans’ gun rights as “non-essential.” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, also a Democrat (surprise!), included gun stores in his list of nonessential businesses that must shutter indefinitely due to the pandemic. Murphy faces a lawsuit brought by resident Robert Kashinsky, New Jersey’s Second Amendment Society, the Second Amendment Foundation, and Legends Firearms.  [full article]

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