Massachusetts gun shops can resume normal operations without capacity restrictions under state’s coronavirus reopening plan

Massachusetts gun shops can resume normal operations without capacity restrictions under state’s coronavirus reopening plan

Cape Gun Works one of a handful of retailers who sued the state over its non-essential business closures, banning gun sales during the coronavirus pandemic. The business opened earlier this month under a series of restrictions set forth by a federal judge. Courtesy of Cape Gun Works The first phase of the Massachusetts reopening plan imposes no capacity restrictions on gun shops, allowing them to resume normal operations once they first implement the workplace safety standards , according to Baker administration officials. The May 18 executive order that implements the state’s four-phase reopening plan states firearm retailers and shooting ranges could resume operations along with places of worship, manufacturers, construction sites and other businesses providing essential services. Gun sellers that have implemented the safety standards are allowed to reopen with no capacity restrictions, according to the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. There is no industry-specific guidelines for the reopening of gun shops, meaning that those retailers can reopen as long as they first implement the safety standards. They are not authorized to perform curbside pickups, as that option is only available to retailers whose storefronts must remain closed under the governor’s executive orders, according to OHED. Gun shops were already allowed to open at limited capacity, taking no more than four appointments an hour, under a federal ruling issued May 7 by U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock. Gov. Charlie Baker had ordered firearm retailers to close under his non-essential business orders and was sued by gun owners […]

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