LA County forcing gun stores to close, effective immediately

From the LA Times, just now:

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.

“We aren’t going to haul people off to jail,” he added.

The department is informing any gun businesses to shut down immediately. To ensure the message is delivered, deputies will talk to owners at any businesses still in operation.

Gun sales have been surging during the coronavirus panic as people fear the mandatory shutdowns and historic job losses will contribute to a steep rise in violent crime and property thefts. And they aren’t wrong… That is what usually happens in steep economic downturns as folks become financially desperate. (Nevermind living in a place like Los Angeles, where there were already thousands of financially desperate people living in camps during an economic boom beforehand.)

This particular downturn is a bit unusual though. If someone breaks into your house these days, you can be confident that they know you are home and are probably prepared to hurt you. Hence the spike in gun sales.

Of course, this also falls under “don’t let a good crisis go to waste” for liberal politicians who want to put gun dealers out of business anyway.

4 thoughts on “LA County forcing gun stores to close, effective immediately

    1. I have said this to so many people lately about civil liberties – I don’t care what you think about the virus and how lathered up cable news has you about current events, if they steal your civil liberties now, they will steal them tomorrow for much less.

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      1. This is why our Founding Fathers were so worried about analogies to wartime efforts and the issue of giving quarter. Destructive precedents are established more during panics than they are during peace, because that’s when the low-information, high-emotion people can be persuaded. That’s how George W. Bush created the bullshit surveillance state and that’s how these people will try to take away guns.

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