LA County Sheriff Re-Opens Gun Stores After Lawsuit
By Chris Eger
Last week the LA County Sheriff closed local gun stores. Following a lawsuit and updated guidance from the Trump administration, he reopened them this week. (Photo: Chris Eger?guns.com)
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva waved the white flag this week on his campaign to shut down local gun stores during the COVID-19 quarantine.
Villanueva waffled back and forth over the decision last week to declare licensed firearms and ammunition vendors and gunsmiths as being “not essential” during California’s “Safer At Home” directive. This came despite promises of legal action from pro-gun groups if he chose to order the shops closed and against legal advice from the county attorney.
On Monday, with the federal government over the weekend issuing guidance that the firearms industry is critical to the infrastructure of the nation during the crisis and four gun rights organizations joining forces to sue Villanueva, the Sheriff walked back his closure order. He did, however, say that the agency would “investigate reports of improper health practices such as poor sanitation or failure to maintain social distances at all businesses” with reports forwarded to the District Attorney for review.
Of note, on Tuesday the LA County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to put the county’s chief