There has been a lot of debate on what is considered an essential business. One industry that has been caught in the middle has been the firearm industry with some state saying they are essential and others declaring that they are not.
As of Thursday, seven states in total – Delaware, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Washington — have issued orders for gun dealers to close up shop for the foreseeable future, while 17 others have explicitly allowed them to stay open, albeit in some cases with customer and operating restrictions.
All that confusion has come to an end when according to Breitbart, President Trump’s Department of Homeland Security released updated guidelines naming gun manufacturers and retailers as essential businesses.
The DHS added the following to it’s list of essential businesses:
- Workers supporting the manufacturing of safety equipment and uniforms for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and first responders.
- Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.
This is a big win for supporters of the 2nd Amendment. It helps ensure that people will be able to protect themselves in uncertain times.
The Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb commented on the DHS’s ruling, saying, “Every freedom-loving American owes President Trump and his administration a very big thank you for protecting our Second Amendment Rights. This is another Trump promise made and promise kept.”