After Lawsuits, New Jersey Re-opens Gun Shops Closed by COVID Order
By Chris Eger
New Jersey’s gun shops had to close down last week due to the Governor’s order, but are set to re-open on Tuesday. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy did some backpedaling Monday on an executive order that forced gun stores in the Garden State to close last week.
Murphy, a Democrat who took office with the support of national anti-gun groups and quickly pursued stricter gun control laws, issued an order on March 27 that pulled the plug on the New Jersey NICS platform. That move was a result of Murphy’s Executive Order 107 directing all non-essential retail businesses closed to the public to include the Garden State’s licensed firearms dealers.
Swiftly challenged in federal court by a host of pro-gun groups and FFLs, Murphy backed down this week, announcing in a press conference that gun shops can reopen subject to social distancing requirements and the state’s NICS portal will be restored. Stores will have to conduct business by appointment only and during limited hours.
Gun shops in New Jersey will have to conduct business by appointment only and during limited hours– but they will be open.
“We’re delighted that Gov. Murphy has reversed course on this matter, even if it took a