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

The state 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. Conditions in the revised list say sales must take place by appointment during limited hours to minimize social interaction and dealers must comply with social distancing, sanitization and other mitigation measures to protect its employees and the public. For now, Lanco Tactical plans to offer curbside pickup starting Wednesday. Kinsey’s Outdoors in Mount Joy began offering curbside pickup last week. “We are operating in manner that we think is safe for our customers and staff,” Kelsey Heisey, one of store’s owners, said Tuesday afternoon. In a post on its Facebook page, Trop Gun Shop, of Mount Joy Township, which tried to challenge the state’s shutdown order, posted: “WE WON!!!!!! And we WILL BE OPEN as of Wednesday, March 25th at 12 noon.” It was an apparent reference to the revised order, not the court ruling. The state Supreme Court denied to hear Trop’s challenge over the weekend without explanation. But in a dissenting opinion, Justice David Wecht wrote that firearms sales were required to be done in person to comply with existing laws and raised constitutional issues. “Quite simply, if firearm dealers are not able to conduct any business in-person at their licensed premises, then no transfers of firearms can be completed. This amounts to an absolute and indefinite prohibition upon the acquisition of firearms by the citizens of this Commonwealth —a result in clear tension with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and … the Pennsylvania Constitution,” he wrote.  [full article]

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