LA County Sheriff Calls Gun Shops Non-essential, Moves to Close Them
FoxLA reported that the LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has moved to close gun stores across the county, labelling them as “non-essential” businesses. Then he sent deputies out to enforce the edict.
UPDATE#2: 3/27/20 – Sheriff Villanueva has once again changed his mind and will only allow gun stores to supply security guards, and no member of the general public. (Bearing Arms)
UPDATE: After much backlash over the Sheriff’s decision, he has backed off the forced closure of gun stores.
LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Enforcement efforts to close non-essential businesses have been suspended. CA Gov. Gavin Newsom to determine what qualifies as a non-essential business. Please click to view story https://t.co/HrRD8VKcUG
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) March 25, 2020
He made up some ridiculous statement for his reasoning (or lack thereof):
“We will be closing them, they are not an essential function. I’m a supporter of the 2nd amendment, I’m a gun owner myself, but now you have the mixture of people that are not formerly gun owners and you have a lot more people at home and anytime you introduce a firearm in a home, from what I understand from CDC studies, it increases fourfold the chance that someone is gonna get shot.” LA County Sheriff
He said they’re just going to “talk” to the gun store owners, and wouldn’t be dragging anyone off to jail. But…
The LATimes reported,
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Tuesday said gun shops are nonessential businesses and if they don’t close their doors, they will be cited and face the loss of their business licenses.
“Gun shops, strip clubs, night clubs are nonessential businesses. We are trying to get them to close their doors,” he said. “If they don’t close their doors, they will be cited,” which could mean the loss of a business license.
The Sheriff told me he is a gun owner himself, supports 2nd amendment, but believes too many first time buyers are panicking and bringing guns into homes where people are locked down, which he believes is recipe for disaster with potential accidental shootings. @FOXLA
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) March 24, 2020
This coming from a guy who just released 1,700 inmates into the community. So if those inmates decide to break the law, who protects the homeowners/citizens?
First off, he’s obviously not a supporter of the 2nd amendment if he’s suddenly concerned about “first-time gun buyers” and spouting the statement that people are going to get shot in a home that has a gun.
Secondly, it’s a fact the CCW permits are nearly nonexistent in LA County. According to Legal Beagle,
“Anyone who lives in a municipality within Los Angeles County has the best chance of obtaining a concealed weapons permit through the municipal police department. Some, but not all cities in L.A. County defer the process to the sheriff, who very rarely grants permit requests.”
No, Sheriff Villanueva is most certainly NOT a supporter of the 2nd amendment. Los Angeles County is home to at least 10 MILLION people, but has less than 200 CCW permits most of which did not go to ordinary citizens but to “well-connected” people.
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