By Charles Creitz
The lawsuit argues that closing gun stores violates the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and that licensees are to be deemed “essential” places of business as they provide access to that right.
It also cites the Fourteenth Amendment, which reads in part that “no state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”
On the other side of the country, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was served with a lawsuit last week claiming his executive order closing all “non-life-sustaining” businesses violated the Second Amendment, as it did not originally allow gun stores to continue operation.
Last week, the Commonwealth’s Supreme Court ruled in a divided decision against a Lancaster County gun shop owner and a gun buyer from the Philadelphia suburbs.
But shortly thereafter, Wolf allowed gun stores some limited reopening abilities.
Retailers may now sell guns by appointment only during limited hours, so long as social distancing is practiced, according to FOX 29.
An attorney in the Supreme Court case, Joshua Prince, credited a dissenting opinion from Commonwealth Supreme Court Justice David Wecht and two other justices, who wrote that the initial policy indicated an “absolute and indefinite prohibition upon the acquisition of firearms by the citizens of this commonwealth.”
Wecht wrote that such a move created “clear tension” with the Pennsylvania State Constitution and the Second Amendment.
A spokeswoman for Wolf told FOX 29 on Tuesday that the adjusted policy was developed “following review of the Supreme Court’s decision.”
Businesses in the state are also able to file a request for a waiver from the government if they would like to petition to keep their brick-and-mortar businesses open if originally deemed “non-life-sustaining.” https://www.foxnews.com/us/nra-files-lawsuit-california-targeting-gun-stores-coronavirus-lockdown