Trump Administration Includes Firearms Industry as Essential, Critical

Gun Shop Store Sign
Gun Shop Store Sign

U.S.A.-( The Trump administration, as part of the struggle to contain and slow the spread of the Wuhan Flu, has issued a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers”. The list has come from the Department of Homeland Security.

While the list is advisory, is not a directive, and has no penalties attached, it shows the thinking and priorities of the administration.

Producers, distributors, and retailers of firearms and ammunition are considered essential. In the excerpt below, the highlighting has been added. From

DHS Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce 03-28-2020
DHS Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce 03-28-2020

There are many more categories listed beside the nine public safety categories above. The entire list includes 13 healthcare categories, the 9 public safety categories listed, 15 agriculture categories, 40 energy categories, 9 water and wastewater categories, 19 transportation categories, and 6 public works categories.

The inclusion of gun stores and shooting ranges may be taken as a warning to cities and states which have attempted to close those establishments by government fiat. Those attempts have met with strong resistance. The Los Angeles County Sheriff backed away from his attempt to close gun stores, then renewed his attempt to close them to all but state-sanctioned security forces. A lawsuit is in progress. From the

Villanueva sought to implement the closure earlier this week but was told by county lawyers that gun shops could be considered essential under county and state measures to encourage social distancing and cut the spread of the virus. The opinion forced the sheriff to backtrack and suspended the closure. But then Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said sheriffs do have the authority to make such closures. The cities of Pasadena and Los Angeles have also closed their gun stores.

The closure of gun stores in California is especially egregious, as California has banned private sales. All gun sales are required to obtain government approval through a government licensed gun store.

A common marker that Second Amendment supporters see as an indicator of incipient tyranny, is the shutdown of gun and ammunition sales. Banning the sale of firearms and ammunition shows a government entity regards armed citizens as more of a threat than an asset.

The Trump administration is showing it regards armed citizens as an asset, and the ability to provide for self and community defense as critical.

About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Say what you want, Trump would not have been my first choice, or second or … But since he took office he has tied to do the things he said he would and for that I do give him and his administration credit. He toke the correct stand on American rights for the most part. I can only believe that if any Dem makes it into office, the America I know growing up will vanish forever.


If guns and ammunition are critical for law enforcement, then it stands to reason it is equally important for law abiding citizens.
Only the repressive left would think otherwise and continue their damndest to disarm the American people.


Dean, with all due respect – you are exhibiting “wishful thinking”. As you acknowledge, the bullet point is within a statement that is an “Advisory” position by a section within DHS; it was not issued by the Office of the President or the Vice President as Head of Coronavirus Response Task Force … The “bullet statement” is a meaningless piece of “political straw” ( … I am disheartened by the number of “2nd Amendment” writers (and now you following the recent NRA-ILA post) who are placing significance on this memorandum. Reiterating my prior post, if President Trump wanted to make… Read more »

Black Scorpion

We knew of this as we are long time supporters but recently, us Asian Americans felt the need to own guns for protections due to the lack of knowledge about the coronavirus and how it got spread all over the world. As an Asian American, a republican conservative, I too feel the threat. More and more Asian Americans are becoming victims due to this horrific virus; they blamed and accused us carrying this deadly virus inside us. There are tons of videos posted on the Internet showing people beating up Asian Americans just because of this. Well, many of my… Read more »

Ryben Flynn

I said from the beginning the ATF had illegally and administratively rewrote the 1934 NFA definition of a machine gun to include the bumpstocks. Only Congress can change the Law if they don’t want bumpstocks, Congress has to ban them by amending the Law. Good for this Judge.

Ryben Flynn

A USA below: Bumpstock? We don’t need no stinkin’ bumpstock. And that does not look like a SBR to me, just a regular 16″ AR.