Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf takes a 180-degrees turn regarding gun shops with a new classification designating them as “life-sustaining.” However, Gov. Wolf did not make any public announcement about the latest changes. This change in policy only appeared in his latest list containing the businesses the governor considered to be “non-life-sustaining.” The reason behind the change of heart was the advice from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had dismissed a lawsuit challenging the governor’s orders to close gun shops. A dissenting opinion registered by Justice David Wecht indicated that Gov. Wolf’s orders imposed “an absolute and indefinite prohibition upon the acquisition of firearms by the citizens of this commonwealth — a result in clear tension with the Second Amendment.”
The governor said he came up with the new policy after considering the Supreme Court’s opinion. Gun rights groups welcomed the new development. Under the new orders, gun shop owners could sell firearms to individual buyers through appointments and while observing social distance requirements.
Gov. Wolf also ordered the residents of Erie County to remain at home. The county has one of the state’s largest city with over 100,000 inhabitants. Residents of other localities such as the city of Philadelphia and its suburbs, Pittsburgh, Monroe County, and Allegheny County, had already received similar orders. Police departments in these areas had already halted the issuance of concealed carry permits days before the governor ordered residents to remain indoors.
Pennsylvania has recorded 200 cases of the coronavirus disease, which is a 30% rise in a single day. The death toll has reached 7 people, including the latest involving a woman in her late 70s.
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