Charlie Baker adds the gun industry to list of essential businesses allowed to stay open in Massachusetts
https://twitter.com/MassAGO/status/1245 ... 42626?s=20However, directly not mentioned by Baker or the subsequent press release Tuesday was another addition to the list: The gun industry.
“Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, importers, and distributors,” reads one of the categories in the updated list of essential services.
The additions had also briefly included gun retailers and shooting ranges when it was originally released Tuesday afternoon, matching up identically with updated federal guidelines released Saturday by President Donald Trump’s administration advising states on what sectors are “ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety.” As the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania have reversed course and allowed gun stores to stay open amid orders for nonessential business to close.
NSSF: MA Gov Opens, Then Closes ‘Essential Critical’ Gun RetailMaura Healey
Gun shops and shooting ranges are NOT essential businesses during a public health emergency. We cannot undermine the safety of our police officers, first responders, and domestic violence victims.
U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker closed federally licensed firearm dealers after briefly listing them open as “essential” services. The move effectively denies Massachusetts residents of their Second Amendment civil rights, under the guise of emergency health orders.
Gov. Baker quietly updated the Bay State's COVID-19 guidance to mirror the updated guidance published by the Department of Homeland Security, listing firearm manufacturing, distribution and retailers as “essential critical infrastructure” that should remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearm and ammunition industry, alerted Massachusetts member retailers of the updated state guidance. Just hours later though, Gov. Baker reversed course, ordering firearm retailers closed. The language that originally included firearm retailers and ranges was struck and no longer appears on the guidance.
When NSSF inquired about the reversal, the answer received was “to keep as many people home as possible.” That doesn't align with other businesses allowed to remain open in Massachusetts as essential. Gov. Baker's order keeps liquor stores open yet denies law-abiding citizens the ability to lawfully purchase firearms for self-protection, a Constitutionally-protected individual civil right.