When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blocked and delayed the Trump administration’s attempt at getting Americans the aid and relief we so desperately need during this pandemic, it became clear that even worldwide tragedy would do little to stop the Democrats from taking advantage of any opportunity to get more power and riches.
And so it was no surprise that when it came time to close down local businesses and stores, retailers that sold guns and ammunitions were first on the left’s list of “non-essential” to society.
After all, the progressive left has been working hard to rid of America of her Second Amendment rights for years now. This national crisis gave them just enough room to slip in and do what they have always wanted to, ban the sale of guns, albeit temporarily.
It took very little time for some Democratically-run jurisdictions to announce that all gun sales and stores allowing such would be closing.
In states like California, Governor Gavin Newsom gave the decision to close such entities to local law enforcement like Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Villanueva immediately closed gun stores in the area.
However, after getting negative attention and plenty of people claiming their Second Amendment rights were being denied, the sheriff rescinded his order, at least partially.
He allowed them to stay open but only to sell ammunition to security guard companies and the like. Individuals were allowed to come in to pick up a newly purchased and ready firearm, so long as they were still in the mandated 10-day waiting period.
A local gun store owner, James Janya of Guns Direct in Burbank, told the press, “(Being) closed down hurts small businesses, hurts families, it hurts everybody, right? I think we are an essential business. I understand a bar is not an essential business. I think we are.”
And he added, “Why do you think people are buying guns right now? Because people are scared, it’s not because people just want to walk around with a gun. You see the way people are acting over toilet paper, over food? Can you imagine?”
And he isn’t the only one upset about it.
Groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA), the California Gun Rights Foundation (CGF), the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), and Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) were quick to let lone their disapproval of these closures as well.
In fact, by Friday, these groups had already banded together to file a lawsuit against both Villanueva and Governor Newsom over the issue.
Government officials in New Jersey, such as Governor Phil Murphy, had a similar response when he ordered his state to close gun stores.
But, thankfully, those lawsuits are no longer needed. Because on Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, led by President Trump, announced that they had updated the national list of “essential” businesses to include gun and ammunition stores.
“CISA Director Christopher Krebs wrote in a memo, “This list is intended to help State, local, tribal, and territorial officials as they work to protect their communities while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.”
It was noted that the section labeled “Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Other First Responders” now includes “workers supporting the operation of firearms or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.”
Now, it is crucial to point out that this list is not a must for any state or territory to adhere to. Instead, it is more of a guideline given by the federal government. And the memo made sure this was apparent to all by placing the following in boldface print.
“This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should be considered a federal directive or standard. Individual jurisdictions should add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion.”
So while this still makes it clear the ultimate decision is in the hands of the local government, it plainly states that the federal government sees gun production and sales as essential. And this will likely make many states and jurisdictions apt to follow their lead.
Take Villanueva, for example. He has already rescinded his order… again.
On Monday, he announced, “the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will not order or recommend closure of businesses that sell or repair firearms or sell ammunition.”
Governor Murphy has also taken his order back, but sales are only to be completed “by appointment only and during limited hours.”