Many cities across the United States are ordering the closure of gun stores and shooting ranges during the COVID-19 virus epidemic. This is clearly against the guidance of the CISA section of the Department of Homeland Security.
On March 28, 2020 CISA issued the following document defining what businesses and workers are critical for the operation and protection of the citizens of the United States:
Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response – Version 2.0.
This document states:
This advisory guidance and accompanying list are intended to support state, local, tribal, territorial and industry partners in identifying the critical infrastructure sectors and the essential workers needed to maintain the services and functions Americans depend on daily and that need to be able to operate resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response. [Italics in bold added]
On page six of this document, under the “LAW ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS” section, it looks like gun shops (retailers) and shooting ranges are considered part of the critical infrastructure this country needs:
Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges. [Italics in bold added]
Yes, this document is “advisory in nature”, but we need to make sure our Second Amendment rights are protected.
I challenge everyone to write letters to their council members and mayors as well as the state and federal congress persons. Let them know that they need to protect all our rights which include the Second Amendment.