Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced Thursday that gun and ammunition stores would be closed down after suspending his initial efforts to close “nonessential” businesses as he waited for Governor Gavin Newsom to clarify what businesses were deemed essential.
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Villanueva took to Twitter Thursday morning to announce the decision to close gun and ammunition stores.
“After the governor’s clarification yesterday about what my authority was in this subject, we definitely are going to proceed forward,” Villanueva said in a press conference Thursday. “We’re going to shut down gun sales and ammunition sales outside of law enforcement and private security organizations.”
In compliance with @CAgovernor 's Executive Order, Gun & ammunition stores are not considered essential businesses, and will cease to sell to the general public, there are some exceptions. Please see my full statement below: #COVID19 #SaferAtHome #flattenthecurve #LASD #SheriffV pic.twitter.com/XSqk9POEzt
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) March 26, 2020
The order does come with several exceptions. Stores will still be allowed to sell ammunition to security guard companies. Additionally, individuals who have already purchased a firearm will be allowed to pick up and take possession of it, granted that they have attained a California Firearms Safety Certificate.
“I conferred with the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association (LACPCA) and they support my decision to direct that action in the 42 contract cities and unincorporated Los Angeles County areas under the Sheriff’s jurisdiction,” Villanueva wrote in the order.
The announcement comes just over 24 hours after Villanueva announced that he would suspend efforts to close nonessential businesses.
“California Gov. Gavin Newsom to determine what qualifies as a non-essential business,” he said in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Enforcement efforts to close non-essential businesses have been suspended. CA Gov. Gavin Newsom to determine what qualifies as a non-essential business. Please click to view story https://t.co/HrRD8VKcUG
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) March 25, 2020
Villanueva had previously issued a similar order on Tuesday, but that was later suspended after a reported clash with county officials, according to officials.
“I’m a supporter of the 2nd amendment; I’m a gun owner myself,” Villanueva said on Tuesday. “But now you have the mixture of people that are not formerly gun owners and you have a lot more people at home, and any time you introduce a firearm in a home, from what I understand from CDC studies, it increases fourfold the chance that someone is going to get shot.”Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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