(TheFreedomFlag.Com)- Did you hear the news that the Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told gun stores to close during the coronavirus pandemic? Villanueva claimed the stores were “nonessential businesses” and promised to check in on every single store in the region to ensure they were complying.
However, after widespread disagreement and outrage over the decision, Villanueva was forced to suspend the efforts to close the businesses. Why? The intervention of a savvy attorney who cares about the Second Amendment.
In a Twitter post published on Wednesday morning, local reporter Bill Mulligan can be heard saying, “Tonight the sheriff told me in a phone call that he is stopping, halting all efforts to enforce the closure of any local gun stores, at least for now.”
LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Enforcement efforts to close non-essential businesses have been suspended. CA Gov. Gavin Newsom to determine what qualifies as a non-essential business. Please click to view story https://t.co/HrRD8VKcUG
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) March 25, 2020
“He says that’s because the county’s top lawyer put out a legal opinion that she believes gun stores are essential businesses and should remain open,” he continued.
Exposing the move as a Democratic ploy to get their own way, Villanueva appealed to the state’s governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom, for guidance on the issue. According to The Los Angeles Times, Villanueva previously lumped gun stores in with strip clubs and bars.
“Gun shops, strip clubs, night clubs are nonessential businesses,” he said. “We are trying to get them to close their doors. If they don’t close their doors, they will be cited.”
The U-turn decision came after the top lawyer in the county, the county counsel, argued that the shops were essential.
Other pressure was directed towards the mayor from the director of Gun Owners of California, Sam Parades, who said his organization was looking at the legal options to overturn the decision completely.
“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,” Parades claimed. “We’ve got lots of stories from people who said, ‘I’d never thought I’d own a firearm, and now I want them more than anything in the world.’”
Wouldn’t you, in times like these?