After Citizens Refused to Obey, Sheriff Reverses Decision to Close Gun Stores
After Citizens Refused to Obey, Sheriff Reverses Decision to Close Gun Stores by Matt Agorist for The Free Thought Project
With so much uncertainty on the horizon during the COVID-19 outbreak, there has never been a better time for a citizen to be prepared to defend themselves and their family. The market is reacting appropriately to this demand and business has boomed for the gun industry over the past two weeks, with long lines stretching outside gun stores across the country. The Wall Street Journal reports that on March 16, background checks were up 300% compared with the same day last year, according to federal data shared with the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Bottom line, Americans want their guns.
However, in March, the act of buying a gun became increasingly harder to do in many areas of the country thanks to executive orders and court rulings that have shuttered gun stores from coast to coast.
While liquor stores and fast food restaurants were deemed “essential business” and allowed to stay open, stores that allow people to purchase tools for self-defense are closed. This is creating a storm of backlash against the state. The backlash has actually resulted in some positive news for those who love freedom.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva issued an attack on the 2nd Amendment last week, ordering all gun stores to close their doors. In a glaring case of doublespeak, the sheriff claimed removing the citizens right to self-defense “is about taking care of people.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom — who is inches closer to dictatorship status each day — issued a list of essential businesses and left off gun stores. The good news is, however, that gun store owners are refusing to close.
This refusal to obey a bad law, coupled with a slew of lawsuits from gun rights advocacy groups has forced the sheriff to rethink his attack on gun stores. On Friday, four groups, including the National Rifle Association of America, filed a federal lawsuit, contending that the sheriff’s actions violate the constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms. Although he didn’t admit wrongdoing, his actions speak loud enough.
This week, Villanueva stated that he is abandoning his effort to shut down gun stores. As the AP reports, the sheriff said he’s heeding a federal Department of Homeland Security advisory issued on Saturday that listed gun and ammunition dealers as “essential critical infrastructure workers.”
As TFTP reported last week, other areas of California are practicing similar civil disobedience and refusing to shutter the doors to their guns stores.
“We have no plans to close,” said David Chong, who owns AO Sword Firearms in El Cajon. “We have not heard any lawful order to shut down.”
Chong, like the rest of the pro-gun rights individuals above, recognizes that the closure of gun stores is a direct attack on your Second Amendment right to bear arms.
“We have to be very careful not to get into a ridiculous situation where we are sterilizing the Second Amendment by saying, ‘Oh you can keep and bear arms but you can’t acquire any,’” Chong said.
“People are purchasing firearms because they’re in fear for their safety,” said Michael Schwartz, executive director of the San Diego County Gun Owners. “If you shut down that ability I think it’s a potentially dangerous situation.”