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Trump administration rules gun shops 'essential' amid virus

Trump administration rules gun shops 'essential' amid virus
Posted at 8:10 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 23:52:51-04

The Trump administration has issued an advisory ruling calling gun shops “essential” businesses that should remain open during stay-at-home directives. Gun control groups are challenging that advisory.

One gun control group has filed a public records request trying to find out if federal authorities considered public health issues or if it simply was swayed by the gun industry.

The Department of Homeland Security this past weekend issued an advisory declaring that firearms dealers should be considered essential services just like grocery stores, pharmacies and hospitals and allowed to remain open. The agency said its ruling was not a mandate but merely guidance.