New Jersey Re-Opens Gun Stores After Trump Administration Declares Them “Essential”
In the wake of the effort to stop the Chinese coronavirus, many states have decided to shut down businesses deemed “non-essential.” However, as we noted last week, many states and localities included gun stores in that category, even while letting criminals out of prison.
Imagine the public safety crisis that would come intertwining these two factors.
Fortunately, the Trump administration came in and reversed the classification of gun stores and deemed them “critical.”
As the NRA website notes:
On March 28, DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency(“CISA”) updated its guidance on the critical infrastructure that the agency determined should remain open during state shutdown orders due to Covid-19.
The new guidance identifies the following firearms and ammunition industry workers as critical infrastructure:
“Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.”
This caused New Jersey to reverse its policy of closing gun stores as well, since according to the Washington Free Beacon, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal cited the DHS guidance to support Democrat Governor Phil Murphy’s original decision, which came along with his March 21st “stay-at-home” order, which led to lawsuits by the the Second Amendment Foundation, the Firearms Policy Coalition, the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, and the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, saying Murphy’s edict violated the Second and Fourteenth Amendments.
Thank God we have a President right now that actually supports the Constitution and decided to do the right thing here. We know that wouldn’t have happened under a President Hillary Clinton – or Joe Biden.