Wex Gunworks shop owner Brandon Wexler ignored directives from Delray Beach code enforcement officials who walked into his shop and ordered him to close during peak business hours. Wexler ignored the officials and continued to serve his customers who were waiting in line.
"You're violating their rights. They can't protect their families, their property," Wexler said. "And God forbid if this thing turned sideways. I need to help these people."
Wexler had put protective measures in place, including social distancing, as well as canceling his firearms training courses. The veteran firefighter is preparing to file a lawsuit for being ordered to close his shop. Several lawsuits have already been filed in Los Angeles, Massachusetts, and New Mexico for gun store closure orders.
Luckily for Wexler, his defiance paid off as code enforcement officials returned to his shop to inform him that the City had changed its directives and allowed gun shops to operate.
"Code enforcement came in. I wasn't there, I was on duty," Wexler said. "And they said, 'Okay, you guys are good. You're essential,' with their tail between their legs. So, it was resolved quickly."
Many gun shops, including those in Texas, have defied orders to close. Some states, such as New Jersey, devised sneaky ways of forcing gun shops to close. Under orders from Gov. Phil Murphy, the state shut down the background checks system to ensure the totality of gun shop closures.
Gov. Murphey later reversed his orders allowing firearm stores to operate through appointments and for a limited number of hours. His reversal was after the Department of Homeland Security designated gun business as essential services. However, Gov. Murphy was not impressed.
"It wouldn't have been my definition, but that's the definition at the federal level, and I didn't get a vote on that," Gov. Murphy said.
Florida is experiencing a record increase in firearm purchases during the ongoing crisis. Citizens who had initially downplayed the importance of owning a firearm have finally learned that being able to defend themselves is a necessity.
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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