PA Gov Ends Confusion Declares Gun Stores Can Remain Open

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According to Firearm Chronicles

In a major victory for the Second Amendment rights of Pennsylvanians, Gov. Tom Wolf ended the confusion over whether or not gun stores were considered essential businesses and now says that gun stores can open for business, provided they take some specific steps to ensure social distancing to mitigate spread of the coronavirus.

In new guidance to Pennsylvania businesses issued Tuesday afternoon, the governor declared that sporting goods stores must remain closed, with one big exception. “Except that firearms dealers may operate physical businesses on a limited basis to complete only the portions of a sale/transfer that must be conducted in-person under the law, subject to the following restrictions: 1) all such sale/transfers will be conducted by individual appointment during limited hours only so as to minimize social interactions and congregating of persons; 2) the dealer will comply with social distancing, sanitization of applicable area between appointments, and other mitigation measures to protect its employees and the public.” So, it appears at the very least that prospective gun buyers can order online and make an appointment to pick up their firearm, but I think this could reasonably be read to allow for in-person perusal of the firearm selection and purchase. My biggest issue is the “limited hours,” because gun stores simply aren’t going to be able to serve a large volume of customers. It would be good if they could at least try to make up for it by extending hours if need be.

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