Pennsylvania Governor Reverses Course, Reopens Gun Stores Amid COVID-19 Crisis

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posted on March 25, 2020
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At the urging of several of the state's Supreme Court justices, Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf backtracked on a portion of his Coronavirus-related emergency shut-down order yesterday, allowing gun stores to reopen, albeit under severe restrictions. The updated order states gun stores may open to "complete only the portions of a sale/transfer that must be conducted in-person under the law," which likely means business will be limited to conducting background checks, legally required to be in person. Also, stores are limited to operation on an individual-appointment basis, hours must be limited, and guidelines about social distancing and sanitizing must be observed. The reversal comes amid a surge of firearm purchases related to the pandemic, which includes many first-time buyers. For more coverage of the story, check out usnews.com.

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