After Major Backlash, LA County and Pennsylvania Re-Open Gun Stores
On Tuesday, after major criticism against mandatory gun store closures in both Los Angeles County and the state of Pennsylvania due to the Chinese coronavirus, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf retracted their edicts.
In the case of LA County, Villanueva backed down after the county counsel, which provides legal counsel to county departments, disagreed with the sheriff’s policy, in which he claimed that gun stores are considered “non-essential” businesses, which would then be required to be closed under Governor Gavin Newsom’s “stay at home” executive order issued last week. But after the counsel’s opposition, the sheriff’s office decided to stop enforcement efforts to close gun stores.
It seems bizarre that a store providing something we have a constitutional right to would be deemed “non-essential” when most states are deeming liquor stores to be “essential” – but then again, both Villanueva and Wolf are leftists.
Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf decided to reverse his earlier decision and to keep gun stores open on a limited basis. Instead of being closed entirely, gun stores will now only be able to “to complete only the portions of a sale/transfer that must be conducted in-person under the law,” such as background checks, which in Pennsylvania can only be done in person.
In today’s political climate, it’s nice to see sanity prevail from time to time.