MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG)- Gun shops and firing ranges are among the businesses deemed essential in new guidance from the Department of Homeland Security. According to the guidelines on their website, “workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges,” should be allowed to continue working.
DHS updated its guidance after several states moved to close gun shops during the coronavirus crisis. The NRA is suing California over its decision to do it, saying gun shops are protected by the second amendment in times of crisis, “nothing is more important than protecting ourselves and our families — especially during these times of uncertainty. Yet, some anti-gun lawmakers are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to deny you and your loved ones your fundamental right to self-defense and your Second Amendment rights,” the NRA states on a website tracking states’ reaction to covid-19 as it pertains to guns.