Mar 31, 2020 - Health

Trump administration deems gun stores essential amid coronavirus outbreak

People wait for their appointment time to enter Martin B. Retting gun shop in Culver City, California

People wait for their appointment time to enter Martin B. Retting gun shop in Culver City, California. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

The Trump administration has now included gun stores, shooting ranges and weapons manufacturers in its guidance on the essential critical infrastructure workforce allowed to open during shutdowns over the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: Gun control advocate the Brady group criticized the move and filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Homeland Security "seeking emails and documents that explain" how it reached its decision, per AP. The NRA which is, with other pro-gun groups, suing California officials for deeming gun stores nonessential during the state's stay-at-home order, thanked President Trump for "keeping his promise to protect the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans."

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