31.3.20

LA Sheriff now says he won’t order or recommend closure of gun stores

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Monday that after receiving input from the federal government, he would not order or recommend the closure of gun stores or businesses that sell or repair firearms and ammunition.

Monday’s statement from Villanueva came almost a week after he said the Sheriff’s Department had the authority to shut down gun stores.

Villanueva noted in his statement that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 28 included gun sellers as “critical” infrastructure during this coronavirus pandemic.



“Although explicitly advisory in nature, nonetheless the federal memorandum is persuasive given its national scope,” Villanueva said in the statement.

Although the Sheriff’s Department won’t recommend or order the closure of gun stores, Villanueva noted that it will inform the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office of any unlawful health practices.

“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department … will investigate reports of improper health practices such as poor sanitation or failure to maintain social distancing at all businesses; and forward detailed reports of unlawful health conditions to the District Attorney for their review and consideration,” Villanueva said.

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