Los Angeles County sheriff Alex Villaneuva was forced to reverse his order to forcefully close gun shops after the county lawyer said they qualified to be “essential business.” The Los Angeles sheriff had dispatched his deputies to close the gun shops forcefully. However, he had to recall them after the county counsel’s advice.
Sheriff Villaneuva unilateral orders were against Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order and the county’s stay-at-home order, which did not order the closure of gun shops. Sheriff Villaneuva, who is the official director of emergency operations, attributed his decision to an increase in first-time firearm owners.
“We will be closing them, they are not an essential function,” Villanueva said. “I’m a supporter of the 2nd amendment, I’m a gun owner myself, but now you have the mixture of people that are not formerly gun owners, and you have a lot more people at home and anytime you introduce a firearm in a home, from what I understand from CDC studies, it increases fourfold the chance that someone is gonna get shot.”
Second Amendment activists indicated that they were considering legal action against Sheriff Villaneuva. They noted that the sheriff’s priorities targeting gun owners were misguided.
“There are far more important things that the sheriff can be doing than sending uniformed officers to gun stores telling them they’re going to be shut down by force,” Sam Paredes said.
The city of San Jose had similarly targeted gun shops because of the increase in new firearm owners. However, such orders fueled panic buying just before the forceful closure orders took effect.
There have been incidents of people fighting over supplies such as tissue paper. People are genuinely concerned that desperate situations could lead to some people trying to take other people’s supplies forcefully. Most people are therefore interested in arming themselves to protect their property should such circumstances arise.
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