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WA – GUN RIGHTS – Gun rights restricted during coronavirus shutdown order in Washington

Some gun rights are restricted after Governor Jay Inslee declared a coronavirus shutdown of non-essential businesses. Though you have a constitutional right to own a firearm, gun retailers must close. This limits your ability to enjoy your rights. While there have been questions over what jobs are considered “essential” (which allows them to stay open during the stay-at-home order), the Governor’s office confirmed that gun shops must close down temporarily. The list of essential services is surprisingly long. Economically speaking, that’s a good thing. If people are being safe and smart, I want as little impact to the economy as possible during this coronavirus shutdown. But gun shops should be open and declared essential because they’re businesses that allow us to engage in a constitutionally protected right. During his address, Inslee noted that the media would remain open during the shutdown. Of course, we provide necessary information to inform the public about the coronavirus pandemic. But our speech is also constitutionally protected and there should be a high bar before taking a move that could silence us. That principle should apply to gun shop owners. Qualified customers who don’t currently own a gun can’t go to a gun shop for the next two weeks to legally purchase one and enjoy their rights as a citizen. That is a problem.  [full article]

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