A gun-rights advocacy group has joined a lawsuit in New Jersey, where the governor shut down gun stores and gun ranges in The Garden State.
Responding to the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Phillip Murphy issued an executive order March 21 that shutters businesses that are considered “non-essential” by his office.
The Washington Times reports that a New Jersey resident, Robert Kashinsky, filed suit after the closure barred him from purchasing two long rifles.
He is joined in the lawsuit by the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, the Second Amendment Foundation, and a firearms retailer located in Monroe Township, the Times said.
Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation says his group has also joined the lawsuit after the closures.
“We filed suit to stop this,” he says, “because, quite frankly, national emergencies don't infringe on the Bill of Rights. And we're not going to let New Jersey get away with this.”
Firearm and ammunition sales have skyrocketed since the coronavirus hit the United States: Website Ammo.com reported its online sales jumped 222 percent between Feb. 23 and March 15, the Times reported.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villaneuva has drawn howls of protest for ordering gun stores to close in the 10-million-person county, telling a Fox News affiliate that they are non-essential businesses and it’s not safe for new gun owners to take firearms back home and endanger their families.
The same story said the L.A. sheriff has declared he is the lead person during the crisis, since he is the director of emergency operations, and he criticized local politicians for talking at press conferences without demonstrating they are taking action.
Back in New Jersey, attorney Gottlieb says people need firearms to protect themselves in a time of emergency but the governor has committed a “gun grab” in the middle of New Jersey's emergency.
The lawsuit seeks an injunction restraining the defendants and everyone acting on their behalf from enforcing Executive Order 107.