Lawsuits Fly Over Gun Shop Closure Orders
By Chris Eger
Gun stores and Second Amendment groups have been fighting to stay open to allow Americans to exercise their right to keep and bear arms, despite restrictions brought about from stay-at-home orders. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Second Amendment groups and gun stores are joining forces and lawyering up to remain open in the face of state and local orders to close up shop.
While governors in several states from coast to coast– such as Illinois, Lousiana, and Mississippi– have recognized gun and ammo suppliers as “essential” during the COVID-19 quarantine, allowing them to remain open without question, some have gone the other way.
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is the subject of a federal lawsuit filed by the Second Amendment Foundation to keep the Garden State’s gun shops open to the public. Federal District Judge Michael A. Shipp has so far declined to issue an injunction in the matter and has asked for briefs from both the state and SAF at the end of next week.
In Delaware, officials backpedaled from closing gun shops, which pro-gun groups say was the right thing to do.
“This is a great win for Delaware gun owners and the right to keep and bear arms,” said SAF founder and