Los Angeles Sheriff orders gun stores shut down due to coronavirus restrictions

Gun shops in Los Angeles are nonessential businesses and will have to close their doors amid coronavirus restrictions, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villan...

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 4:00 AM

Gun shops in Los Angeles are nonessential businesses and will have to close their doors amid coronavirus restrictions, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday.

"There are hundreds of businesses which, through no fault of their own, do not fall under the Governor's definition of critical infrastructure," Villanueva said during a press conference. "As a result, I have instructed my deputies to enforce closures of businesses which have disregarded the Governor's order (gun stores, strip clubs, and other non-designated businesses)."

Villanueva announced the department will add 1,300 deputies to beef up patrols. Gun shops that remain open will be cited, he said.

The announcement comes one week after California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a shelter in place order directing the state's nearly 40 million residents to stay home, beginning March 20 to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Villanueva said the order is to help "make sure (nonessential businesses) honor the social distancing and display some common sense."

There are at least 52,381 cases of the novel coronavirus in the US, including 2,102 cases in the state of California, according to CNN Health's tally of cases.

Gun stores in Los Angeles, and across the country, have reportedly seen increases in sales amid coronavirus concerns.

Last week, the California Rifle and Pistol Association issued a bulletin arguing that gun stores are essential businesses and should be allowed to continue operation.

"CRPA firmly believes firearm retailers serve an essential purpose in California, especially given the unprecedented demand they currently face," the association wrote in the bulletin addressing the pandemic.

A spokesperson for the CRPA did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 65170

Reported Deaths: 820
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah14988210
Washington881596
Marion8321127
Clackamas535376
Umatilla409948
Lane382037
Jackson335623
Malheur230839
Deschutes191114
Yamhill156516
Linn126018
Polk105115
Douglas80415
Jefferson76511
Benton7097
Union6912
Klamath6854
Morrow6197
Lincoln56313
Wasco47218
Josephine4314
Columbia4223
Coos3831
Hood River3611
Clatsop3330
Baker2573
Crook1906
Grant1221
Tillamook1110
Curry1052
Lake980
Harney861
Wallowa702
Sherman230
Gilliam210
Wheeler20
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1114524

Reported Deaths: 18726
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3645207438
San Bernardino845311129
Riverside806761400
San Diego71648968
Orange696941554
Kern38316445
Fresno35973471
Sacramento33133546
Santa Clara30676463
Alameda27485499
San Joaquin24649503
Contra Costa22412258
Stanislaus20370416
Tulare19752303
Ventura18040174
Imperial15053353
San Francisco14445158
Monterey13886113
San Mateo13203169
Sonoma11428155
Merced10986176
Santa Barbara10922133
Kings1003886
Solano934980
Marin7518128
Placer577867
Madera571480
San Luis Obispo561835
Yolo419975
Shasta409542
Santa Cruz389827
Butte366459
Napa275717
Sutter263813
El Dorado19304
San Benito174115
Yuba173210
Lassen14803
Tehama143523
Mendocino138522
Nevada10189
Lake83218
Glenn8296
Humboldt7309
Tuolumne7088
Colusa6426
Mono4993
Siskiyou4951
Amador45016
Calaveras43421
Inyo28316
Del Norte2731
Plumas1770
Trinity1130
Modoc1110
Mariposa1042
Alpine420
Sierra170
Unassigned00
Medford
Broken Clouds
39° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 39°
Brookings
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 44°
Crater Lake
Scattered Clouds
27° wxIcon
Hi: 41° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 27°
Grants Pass
Overcast
37° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 37°
Klamath Falls
Scattered Clouds
27° wxIcon
Hi: 42° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 27°
Few Monday showers
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events