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.