MA Governor Opens Then Closes Gun Shops Defying the Department of Homeland Security's Classification

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker briefly opened and closed firearm stores defying the new classification provided by the Department of Homeland security listing firearm industry's manufacturing, distribution, retail, and range businesses as essential critical services.

Gov. Baker updated the emergency orders to reflect the new classifications but later revised it, removing gun shops and shooting ranges from the "essential services" list. When confronted over the issue, Gov. Baker told the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) that he wanted to keep as many people home as possible. Ironically, he allowed liquor stores to remain open while denying law-abiding citizens their rights as guaranteed in the constitution.

The Senior Vice President and General Counsel for NSSF, Lawrence G. Keane, said the governor's behavior was inexcusable.

"This antipathy for the respect of the right of Massachusetts citizens to protect themselves is alarming," Keane said. "Every other governor in New England is permitting their citizens the right to acquire a firearm."

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Keane added that the Massachusetts governor was exploiting the pandemic to further his anti-gun agenda and deny citizens their rights.

The order to close gun shops in Massachusetts came as governors in New Jersey and Pennsylvania reopened firearm retailers after lawsuits and the new classification by the DHS. Apart from closing the firearm retailers, Gov. Baker denied the firearm sellers the small business loans.

Some gun shops have defied the order to remain closed and continue to operate. When asked on whether they intended to enforce the gun businesses closing orders, Worcester Police Lt. Sean Murtha said they were in consultation with firearm retailers over the confusion arising from the multiple changes in the executive orders.

Many firearm buyers had to wait for three months for their carry permits only to be denied the chance to own a firearm by the unconstitutional orders.

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.

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