No farewell to arms: Pennsylvania classifies gun shops as ‘LIFE SUSTAINING' businesses, reversing Covid-19 sales ban
Added 03-24-20 10:37:02pm EST - “Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has overturned a decision ordering all gun stores to shut down as part of sweeping statewide restrictions to stem the spread of Covid-19, adding them to a list of "life sustaining" industries.” - Rt.com
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Though the state’s Supreme Court had backed Wolf's order last weekend following a legal challenge filed by a gun rights advocate, in a sudden about-face on Tuesday, the Democratic governor quietly included an exception for gun dealers in an amended list of businesses allowed to remain open during the lockdown.
“Firearms dealers may operate physical businesses on a limited basis,” reads the new list, specifying that all sales must be conducted in-person and take place during reduced hours to “minimize social interactions and congregating of persons.”
The move appears in line with the dissenting opinion offered by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David Wecht, who contested last weekend’s ruling in support of the executive order, stating it deprived citizens of a right guaranteed under the Constitution.
In my view, it is incumbent upon the Governor to make some manner of allowance for our citizens to continue to exercise this constitutional right.
While the reversal was hailed by a lawyer for the Firearms Policy Coalition, which brought the initial challenge to Wolf’s order, some gun control proponents were (figuratively) up in arms over the decision.
Adam Kraut of the Firearms Policy Coalition, which had filed suit against the governor's order, said they are reviewing the new language and their legal options but were happy the governor is allowing stores to operate. https://t.co/k3unvHpRd9pic.twitter.com/rk01XXF1x6— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) March 24, 2020
This is a real shame @GovernorTomWolf particularly b/c we fear that the Coronavirus gun rush will lead to⬆️suicides⬆️domestic violence⬆️unintentional shootingsWe expect our leaders to #StopTheCoronaVirusGunSurge and educate the public about the dangers of panic-buying guns. https://t.co/Iq7wZ5FeZj— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) March 24, 2020
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