Firearm businesses deemed non-essential in Washington: ‘It’s a violation of people’s Second Amendment rights’

SPOKANE, Wash. – With Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Idaho Governor Brad Little issuing stay at home orders during the coronavirus outbreak, they’ve both released lists of what is deemed an essential business in their respective states. You can read those lists here ( Washington & Idaho ), and you’ll notice there are a lot of similarities: such as health care workers, first responders and grocery store workers. However, there is at least one glaring difference between the two: firearm businesses. Gun shops in Washington have been shut down during Governor Inslee’s order, but just 20 miles to the east of Spokane in Idaho, gun shops are open for business. “It’s a violation of people’s Second Amendment rights,” Owner of Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop Robin Ball said on Thursday. “But it’s also a violation under the Washington State Constitution. So I hope our elected officials see that and reverse that decision. But we’re doing our best to fill the customers’ needs and stay within the limit of the law.” Sharp Shooting is still providing background checks for customers who began the process prior to the shut down and they are also fulfilling online orders one customer at a time. For more information on services that will and will not be impacted at the shop, CLICK HERE. I reached out to both the offices of Gov. Inslee and Gov. Little on Thursday to see if there was a specific reason for the decision of labeling a gun […]

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