It’s tough for Second Amendment activists to keep up with the ever-evolving emergency orders issued by states and localities that are impacting our ability to buy, sell, and own firearms.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, however, has done an amazing job of putting together a database of emergency orders from around the country, color-coded to highlight those states that have officially deemed gun stores to be essential businesses, as well as states that are trying to shut down the lawful commerce of arms in a state of emergency.
According to the NSSF, right now New Jersey is the only state to explicitly put a halt on gun sales by ordering the closure of gun stores, though there are a number of states that haven’t deemed gun stores to be essential businesses, including California, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
On the other hand, the firearms industry trade group notes that many states have passed specific protections for gun owners in a state of emergency, including Nevada, Virginia, and Tennessee. Bearing Arms
This is not safety and our rights do not get to be infringed on just because of the fear being spread around.
The NSSF says it’s talking to the Department of Homeland Security to get “firearm and ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors and ranges” added to the list of critical infrastructure, but at the moment we’re largely relying on the state-level protections put in place after Hurricane Katrina to protect our rights during this time of uncertainty.
The NSSF’s database is a great resource for FFL’s and gun owners trying to keep up with the ever changing rules and orders impacting our Second Amendment rights.
Never give up your rights in the name of safety, that just makes you a victim.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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