‘I Think We Are an Essential Business’: Some Los Angeles County Gun Stores Remain Open After Sheriff Orders Them to Close – By Julio Rosas (Townhall) / March 24 2020
Burbank, California — Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told Fox 11 during an interview that he is ordering county gun stores to close because he has determined they are not one of the essential businesses that can remain open during the Wuhan coronavirus outbreaks in the state.
“We will be closing them, they are not an essential function,” Villanueva said. “I’m a supporter of the Second 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.”
Villanueva said he is also adding 1,300 deputies to patrol and released 1,700 nonviolent inmates from county jails.
That does not mean every single gun store in the county will be closed, only in places where the sheriff’s office does not have sole jurisdiction, as evidenced by the city of Burbank.