COVID-19 Closures Force Some Gun Makers to Pause Production
By Chris Eger
Some gun makers have been forced to cease regular operations at their facilities over local Emergency Orders. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Through a mix of state-issued stay-at-home orders and other coronavirus-related conditions, some gun manufacturers have had to shut down.
As of Wednesday, at least 17 states had announced often strict restrictions on businesses and operations considered nonessential. While many of these orders make exemptions for firearms industries and guns licensed dealers, others make no such recognition.
Kansas-based CZ-USA announced this week that an Emergency Order closes their facilities in Kansas City, until at least April 23. Likewise, their subsidiary Dan Wesson Firearms facility in Norwich, New York was closed under similar circumstances late last week due to an order from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“For the next 30 days, production and shipment delays are inevitable,” said the company in a statement. “We apologize for the inconvenience we know this will cause — we hold our nation’s Second Amendment rights to be sacred and are very concerned about the impact that emergency orders will have on our customers. We will work diligently to deliver products as soon as legally possible while maintaining social responsibility and compliance with government orders.”
Ken Darcy, Remington’s CEO, took