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Old March 27, 2020, 02:49 PM   #1
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Firearms and ammunition are "essential" in Texas

https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov...20/kp-0296.pdf

The NSSF reports that, in the wake of some sheriffs and local authorities having told gun shops they had to close, the Texas Attorney General has issued an opinion confirming that statutes do not allow municipalities or counties to regulate

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(1) the transfer, possession, wearing, carrying, ownership, storage,
transportation, licensing, or registration of firearms, air guns,
knives, ammunition, or firearm or air gun supplies or accessories;

(2) commerce in firearms, air guns, knives, ammunition, or firearm
or air gun supplies or accessories; or

(3) the discharge of a firearm or air gun at a sport shooting range.
New Hampshire and Connecticut have also declared firearms and ammunition suppliers to be essential businesses.
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Old March 27, 2020, 09:10 PM   #2
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Ohio, also. Unfortunately, all the ranges in my area closed because the employees are too scared to work. Am wondering how long it will be before a lack of $$$ overcomes fear.
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Old March 27, 2020, 09:25 PM   #3
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Old March 28, 2020, 10:22 PM   #4
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Apparently not "essential" in CA, and shops ordered closed. NRA and several other groups have filed suit....
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Old March 28, 2020, 10:42 PM   #5
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Essential in AZ. Of course that list is actually quite long, I think because the Gov knows we can't shut the entire state down at once. Ain't legal.
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DHS Guidance

https://www.cisa.gov/publication/gui...ture-workforce

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LAW ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS
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Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.
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Old March 29, 2020, 02:06 AM   #7
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The way I remember reading about it a couple of days ago, initially one county's sheriff told all the gun stores they had to close. Then the county attorney told the sheriff that gun stores were essential, so they were allowed to re-open. And then the sheriff decided (apparently on his own authority) that insofar as gun shops were concerned, "essential" means they are essential for law enforcement but not for citizens, so gun shops were only allowed to sell to law enforcement.

Has Governor Newsome now issued a blanket order that states gun shops are not essential and must stay closed? Or is this still a continuation of the little do-si-do that I described above?

https://www.latimes.com/california/s...s-restrictions

https://time.com/5809444/los-angeles...s-coronavirus/
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Old March 29, 2020, 03:06 AM   #8
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Idaho has also classified gun stores as "essential".
I'm not going to be visiting my preferred LGS any time soon. But I won't argue with it, either...
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Old March 29, 2020, 09:09 AM   #9
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https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov...20/kp-0296.pdf

The NSSF reports that, in the wake of some sheriffs and local authorities having told gun shops they had to close, the Texas Attorney General has issued an opinion confirming that statutes do not allow municipalities or counties to regulate



New Hampshire and Connecticut have also declared firearms and ammunition suppliers to be essential businesses.
Thanks so much for that information, Aguila Blanca. The local leaders here have shut down all our shooting ranges, and it makes no sense whatsoever. I have sent Ken Paxton's opinion to our range board members with a request to reopen. Now the wait begins.
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Old March 29, 2020, 09:17 AM   #10
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Has Governor Newsome now issued a blanket order that states gun shops are not essential and must stay closed? Or is this still a continuation of the little do-si-do that I described above?
So how does this work now that President Trump has classified Gun stores essential?

Can the individual State Governors override the President and order them closed?
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Old March 29, 2020, 01:58 PM   #11
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Texas is Texas. Here in New Jermany, the governor actually laughed at a guy who questioned his closing of gun stores.
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Old March 29, 2020, 02:54 PM   #12
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Matches have been cancelled and a lot of ranges in Central Texas are closed.
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Old March 29, 2020, 06:35 PM   #13
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Matches have been cancelled and a lot of ranges in Central Texas are closed.
I can understand cancelling matches. Too much chance of healthy people being exposed to unwitting carriers.

As to the ranges: did the ranges close voluntarily, or were they told to close by the government? Indoor ranges, or outdoor ranges?
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Old March 29, 2020, 06:44 PM   #14
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Texas is Texas. Here in New Jermany, the governor actually laughed at a guy who questioned his closing of gun stores.
That's funny and depressing...
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Old March 30, 2020, 10:57 AM   #15
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Update: The NSSF has announced that Alabama's emergency order leaves gun shops open, "if they are not sporting goods stores."

http://www2.nssf.org/webmail/127421/...b889d5285b57cf

I guess that means they don't want Dick's to be selling basketballs and kayaks during the state of emergency.
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Old March 30, 2020, 04:41 PM   #16
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Update: The NSSF has announced that Kansas' emergency order leaves gun shops open.

http://www2.nssf.org/webmail/127421/...b889d5285b57cf
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Old March 30, 2020, 04:58 PM   #17
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I'm sure there are a lot of Texans enjoying their time off making some noise!

I'm in CA and I support Texas!

People can social distance and still enjoy shooting.
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Old March 30, 2020, 09:20 PM   #18
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Ha!

I'm in Brooklyn, NY and I support Texas as well. I think outdoor ranges are fine - indoors, not so much. And, here in NY, we only have indoor ranges. Hell our archery ranges are only 20 yds.
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Old March 30, 2020, 11:33 PM   #19
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For those concerned about where gun shops and ranges are being closed by emergency orders and where they are deemed essential under emergency orders, the NSSF is doing its best to keep track of that. We have put a sticky post at the top of this discussion area with links to the NSSF web pages.
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Old March 31, 2020, 07:54 AM   #20
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I can understand cancelling matches. Too much chance of healthy people being exposed to unwitting carriers.

As to the ranges: did the ranges close voluntarily, or were they told to close by the government? Indoor ranges, or outdoor ranges?
I only can speak of the range I am a member at. It initially closed the range due to not enough employees, then the lockdown came.
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Old March 31, 2020, 09:34 AM   #21
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Update: The NSSF has announced that an emergency order leaves Tennessee gun shops open.

http://www2.nssf.org/webmail/127421/...b889d5285b57cf
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Old March 31, 2020, 03:05 PM   #22
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Update from the NSSF: The governor of Massachusetts has reversed course and amended his emergency order to follow federal guidelines and designate firearms-related businesses as essential.

http://www2.nssf.org/webmail/127421/...b889d5285b57cf
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Old March 31, 2020, 05:47 PM   #23
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Another update from the NSSF: South Carolina considers firearms-related businesses to ne essential.

http://www2.nssf.org/webmail/127421/...b889d5285b57cf
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Old March 31, 2020, 06:46 PM   #24
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Guns are essential in all 50 states. SOMEDAY, all will know this, EVEN DEMOCRAT VOTERS!
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Old March 31, 2020, 07:01 PM   #25
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Another NSSF update: Oklahoma has decided to follow the federal guidelines and consider firearms-related businesses as essential.

http://www2.nssf.org/webmail/127421/...b889d5285b57cf
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