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PA Gov. Wolf Adds Firearm Retailers to List of Approved Businesses

PA Gov. Wolf Adds Firearm Retailers to List of Approved Businesses
U.S.A. –-( Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf added gun stores to the list of businesses allowed to stay open during COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions following emergency litigation filed by FPC Law and Joshua Prince of Civil Rights Defense Firm, Firearms Policy Coalition announced today. The Governor’s revised order and related case documents are available at
On March 19, 2020 Governor Wolf released an Order, requiring the closure of all “non life-sustaining businesses.” Included in the list of businesses to be closed were firearms retailers, as apparently Governor Wolf doesn’t consider the Constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms ‘life-sustaining’. Firearms Policy Coalition’s Director of Legal Strategy Adam Kraut, along with well-known firearms attorney Joshua Prince, immediately challenged Gov. Wolf’s order directly at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, invoking the Court’s King’s Bench jurisdiction.
While the State’s Supreme Court denied the King’s Bench petition on Sunday, Justice Wecht, joined by Justices Donohue and Dougherty, filed a strongly worded opinion in favor of protecting the right to keep and bear arms. The forced closure of gun shops throughout the entire Commonwealth, they said, was an “impermissible intrusion upon a fundamental constitutional right,” and that local gun shops could make accommodations in the name of social distancing just as other necessary, life-sustaining businesses have done.
Following that guidance, Governor Wolf reversed his gun store ban and published an updated “Industry Operations Guide” which now makes clear that firearms retailers are considered ‘life-sustaining’ and may remain open as long as they practice common public health measures.
“We appreciate that the Governor heard the voices of Justices Wecht, Donohue, and Dougherty and will now allow gun stores to remain open and serve the public,” said Kraut. “The right and ability to protect yourself and your family, particularly in times of crisis, is the very definition of ‘life-sustaining’ and unquestionably protected by both the Second Amendment and the State’s constitution.”
“As we have said before, there is no ‘except in emergencies’ clause in the Constitution and the government cannot shut down the People’s right to keep and bear arms,” said FPC President Brandon Combs. “Our FPC team will continue to fight for the rights of individuals and work to ensure that the People can continue to access and exercise their human rights.”

About Firearms Policy Coalition
Firearms Policy Coalition ( is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom.
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Firearms Policy Coalition Statement Following Thousand Oaks Shooting

Firearms Policy Coalition Statement Following Thousand Oaks ShootingSACRAMENTO, CA —-( Last night, a man carried out a horrific attack on our American brothers and sisters in Thousand Oaks, California. Today, we grieve for those lives lost. Today, we thank Ventura Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus for his ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. And today, we encourage all people to become informed about defensive tactics, weapons, and their use so that – when necessary – you are capable of employing just force – even deadly force – to oppose those evils that would cause innocent people to be hurt or killed.The State of California has some of the harshest gun control laws in the United States. But, as history teaches, violence does not respect government authority. Those who would perpetrate violence do not respect human life. And the government is not a divine entity capable of shielding you from danger and our flawed human condition. It is not a shield against bad acts. The government has no duty to protect you, and you are your own first responder.Once more we see the devastating effects of the illusion of safety that gun control laws and policies are founded upon. Once more we see that people intent on causing death, injury, and chaos ignore the thousands of federal, state, and local criminal laws that criminalize conduct including murder, terrorism, and assault. Once more news outlets show us proof that evil and insane people will find a way to hurt or kill the innocent until they voluntarily end their attack, commit suicide, or are stopped by a courageous person willing to sacrifice themselves to save others – most likely one who is armed.Gun control proponents like Gavin Newsom, California’s incoming governor, are irrationally committed to passing more and more laws that just do not prevent violent people from doing evil things. Indeed, he and other anti-gun advocates are the embodiment of insanity, doing the same things over and over again while expecting different results. They make innocent people more and more defenseless and then feign shock when their policies result in predictable and tragic outcomes.Under Governor Newsom, we expect that Californians will be put in grave danger through further restrictions on the human right of self-defense. By promoting and adding new restrictions to the states already-Byzantine gun control laws, Newsom and the legislature will ensure that everyone except the rich and politically connected – those who have the means to heavily-armed government or private security personnel – will be vulnerable, defenseless targets.But, as we have said before, our fundamental rights do not come from the government, the people, or even the Constitution itself. Our right to keep and bear arms exist with or without official legal recognition of it, with or without judicial enforcement of it, and with or without a desire for them to be exercised or respected.Firearms Policy Coalition will continue working in executive offices, in legislatures, in the courts, and in the public to restore America’s lost Constitution. FPC will continue fighting for fundamental rights so that we, our members and supporters, and everyone may defend themselves against unjust force, wherever it may come from. And we will continue to defend and advance individual liberty – especially the People’s human right to keep and bear arms for all lawful purposes – so that they have the opportunity and means to #ShootBack if and when necessary to end a violent attack.About Firearms Policy CoalitionFirearms Policy Coalition ( is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.The post Firearms Policy Coalition Statement Following Thousand Oaks Shooting appeared first on

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