March 30, 2020
There is an old Chinese proverb that is both a blessing and a curse: May you live in interesting times.
We live in interesting times.
A recent debate that has cropped up as restrictions are being imposed on all but “essential” business is whether gun shops are “essential.” According to this article at NPR website, it depends on who you ask. Texas and Pennsylvania say yes. Washington (state) and Los Angeles County say no. A federal lawsuit has been filed in New Jersey on the issue (though good luck getting an immediate hearing), and the Department of Homeland Security has apparently added gun-makers (though not gun shops) to a list of “critical infrastructure” sectors that will keep businesses open during the crisis.
My advice to those seeking to buy guns: Your money is likely to be better spent on other things. Besides, since two-thirds of gun-owners own more than one gun (and 29% own five or more), you’re probably good.