With COVID Fading, Now is the Time to Ensure Gun Stores Aren’t Shut Down Again in Future Emergencies
By Dan Zimmerman
The COVID-19 pandemic is slowly drawing to a close. Fortunately, few precedents were set. Most governments recognized that the right to keep and bear arms was essential. And most governments that tried to shut down firearm stores quickly relented.
Still, courts in California and New York were content to treat the Second Amendment as a “second-class right.” These decisions were abetted by Chief Justice Roberts’s South Bay framework, which treated the Free Exercise Clause as a second class right.
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