The oldest gun store in the country has finally drawn curtains after 110 years in operation because of emergency abuse by New York’s liberal administration. John Jovino Gun Shop owner, Charles Hu says he could not afford to pay rent without customers and was forced to make the painful decision of closing the legendary gun store.
John Jovino Gun Shop opened in Little Italy in 1911 and has exchanged hands several times before its current predicament. The Imperator family purchased the gun store in 1920 while Hu took over in 1995. Hu says he hoped to run the store for one more year before retiring, after turning 75. However, the current crisis and the orders to close down the “non-essential” businesses left Hu without customers as well as supplies to sell, thus facilitating the decision to close down.
The store served both the public and police officers. The gun shop has featured in various films such as the Mean Streets and Serpico. Its relic hanging revolver makes it an important landmark on the Grand Street.
"I completed my mission. I did a good job. No violations. I really feel so sorry I couldn't make it because you know the first gun shop the last gun shop...110 years,” Hu said. “To the end, it's seen 110 years. We established January 1, 1911, because that's 110 years, I made it."
Hu says his wife helped him in the daily running of the business. The passionate gun store owner says he still remembers the previous owners. The members of Chinatown Block Watch paid him the last visit to see him off. Hu said the closure of the gun store was the end of his life.
“And now this is the end of the world. My whole life went into this.”
Other firearm businesses are currently fighting the same fate in New York. Manhattan’s only public range, Westside Rifle and Pistol Range resorted to crowdfunding by creating a GofundMe campaign to keep its doors open. The shooting range has raised $61,000 out of its $200,000 goal.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
Join LSGR - https://www.lsgr.live/join
Sign our petition - https://www.lsgr.live/petition
Send a postcard to Dan Patrick - https://www.lsgr.live/store/Postcard-to-Lt-Gov-Patrick-p158378407