Trump Administration: Gun Industry is Essential Business
By Chris Eger
Updated federal guidance includes gun industry partners as “crucial to community resilience and continuity of essential functions.” (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Saturday included the firearm industry on the country’s list of essential critical infrastructure in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The federal guidance, released by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, lists “Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges,” as a group that, along with healthcare, security, food industry, and energy workers, is “crucial to community resilience and continuity of essential functions.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the U.S. firearm and ammunition industry, along with gun rights groups, have been working closely with President Trump’s Administration to obtain the listing from CISA, noting that the gun industry is important for not only Second Amendment reasons but also to support military and law enforcement missions.
“We are deeply appreciative to the Trump Administration and Department of Homeland Security for recognizing the vital role our industry fulfills in our nation,” said Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for NSSF in a statement. “We have seen over the past week hundreds of thousands, even millions