Second Amendment: Major City Abandons Push To Shut Down Gun Shops — Here’s The 411

Written by Wes Walker on March 25, 2020

Officials were getting nervous about how many people were becoming gun owners. Their ‘solution’ of closing gun shops did NOT go over well.

It began with the assertion that gun shops were ‘nonessential businesses’. Failure to comply could have resulted in the revocation of their business license.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Tuesday said gun shops are nonessential businesses and if they don’t close their doors, they will be cited and face the loss of their business licenses.

“Gun shops, strip clubs, night clubs are nonessential businesses. We are trying to get them to close their doors,” he said. “If they don’t close their doors, they will be cited,” which could mean the loss of a business license.

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“We aren’t going to haul people off to jail,” he added.

The department is informing any gun businesses to shut down immediately. To ensure the message is delivered, deputies will talk to owners at any businesses still in operation. — LATimes

One of the driving forces of this decision was in response to a surge in new gun ownership.
Gun sales are surging in many U.S. states, especially in those hit hardest by the coronavirus — California, New York and Washington. But there’s also been an uptick in less-affected areas, with some first-time gun buyers fearing an unraveling of the social order and some gun owners worried that the government might use its emergency powers to restrict gun purchases.

Federal background checks jumped 34% in February as gun sales skyrocketed. Many people have ordered weapons and are awaiting delivery. — LATimes

Not surprisingly, that plan went over like a lead balloon.

The argument for closing them down seems to have collapsed when examined by their own lawyers:

But the Sheriff makes his real reason clear:

The Sheriff maintained that he believes gun stores should not be open to the general public right now because he feels there are too many first time buyers making panic purchases of guns they don’t know how to operate and they aren’t familiar with California’s strict laws.

“You can’t shoot a virus,” Villanueva said. — FoxNews

If only there were some kind of a clue as to what is driving demand for personal protection…

Oh, yeah. THAT.

Maybe it’s not the virus they are protecting themselves from, Sheriff.