Sheriff Villanueva Backs off Closure Order for Gun Stores, Again

LA Sheriff Villanueva Statement
LA Sheriff Villanueva’s official statement posted on Twitter 26 March, 2020.

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- The Sheriff of Los Angeles County in California, Alex Villanueva, has backed away from his emergency order closing gun stores. This is the second time he has done so. This time he gives the Trump Administration the credit for opening the stores. From ktla.com:

He said the move was prompted by memorandum issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Saturday that designated workers supporting the firearms and ammunition industry to be “essential infrastructure” workers.

“Based on further input from the federal government, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will not order or recommend closure of businesses that sell or repair firearms or sell ammunition,” Villanueva said in a written statement.

The sheriff said that while the Department of Homeland Security guideline was an advisory only, “…nonetheless, the federal memorandum is persuasive given the its national scope.”

On 24 March, 2020, the Sheriff ordered gun stores in Los Angeles County closed, as “non-essential businesses”.

Then the Count Council ruled that gun shops are essential.

Then on 25 March, 2020, Governor Newsom refused to clarify whether he believed gun stores were essential or not.

On 26 March, 2020, Sheriff Villanueva ordered gun shops closed to the general public, but open to security guard companies, and available for people who already purchased a gun, under California’s 10 day waiting period, to take possession of the gun they had paid for.

Several organizations that support the exercise of Second Amendment rights made statements about the likelihood of filing lawsuits against Sheriff Villanueva.

On 28 March, 2020, the Trump administration declared workers at gun stores and gun ranges to be essential and critical. From cisa.gov:

Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.

On 31 March, 2020, Villanueva rescinded his order from 26 March.

On 15 March, 2020, there had been a run on gun purchases all over the country. California is one of the few states that prevent purchasers from taking their firearms home with them after they have paid for them. In California, purchasers must wait 10 days to take possession of their guns, even if they already possess guns, or if they have a concealed carry permit.

The law was found to be unconstitutional, at least for people who already own guns and/or have a concealed carry permit, in 2014.  The case was appealed to the Ninth Circuit, which reversed the finding in 2016. The case was appealed to the Supreme Court. In 2018, the Supreme Court refused to grant a writ of Certiorari (hear the case).

Waiting periods for the purchase of firearms are controversial statutes. There are no academic studies that show them to reduce violent crime. From the Crime Prevention Research Center amicus brief in the case:

Despite assertions that the benefits from waiting periods and background checks are obvious, the complete lack of empirical studies to support those claims is stark. No evidence is offered that either of these laws reduce violent crime, nor that they reduce overall suicide rates. Even more striking, the discussions that Appellant and amici use are not relevant to the case before the court.

Those who claim the mere existence of firearms in society is harmful to treat their assertion as obvious. There is much evidence that arms in society have significant benefits.

Aside from purely pragmatic arguments, no other fundamental, enumerated right in the Constitution is treated with as much disrespect as the Second Amendment.



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.

9 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Doszap
Doszap
1 year ago

I think this idiot calls his PARTNER to wife his arse, he changes his mind like a spoiled teenager.
Lord help us.

Hondo
Hondo
1 year ago

From one of the greatest statesman of all times: “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival….There may be even a worse fate. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” …Winston Churchill History tells us that all great nations… Read more »

JPM
JPM
1 year ago

I’m wondering is this sissy-boy L.A. Sheriff hasn’t reconsidered because of all the convicts he released from county lockup who are running rampant in L.A.? Close the gun shops and release criminals, such typical Democrat/liberal logic.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
1 year ago

This punk pretend sheriff would have tried to weather all of the lawsuits, but Trump’s “Essential Businesses” guidance cut him off at the knees. So he pretends he’s following the guidance, to flip his position and moot the lawsuits. So all you guys who said Trump’s CIFA guidance wasn’t worth the paper it was written on just got a mouthful of shoe leather. EVERY TOOL MATTERS.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SURjDC7fb9k

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
1 year ago

Has the Leftard made his final decision or would he like to phone a friend,in his case it would be little Mikey Bloomturd. LA county dump his worthless in the next election.

RoyD
RoyD
1 year ago

It still doesn’t change the fact that that Sheriff is a bitch ass punk. He and “Charles” need to get together.

TheRevelator
TheRevelator
1 year ago
Reply to  RoyD

D

lol

Isn’t zero times zero still zero? Having two idiots rubbing their noggins together when neither knows the law won’t help either, even if they are peas in a pod.

RoyD
RoyD
1 year ago
Reply to  TheRevelator

And I have an idea which “noggins” they would be rubbing together. Just sayin.

TheRevelator
TheRevelator
1 year ago
Reply to  RoyD


Charles does seem to have a fascination with that type of thing…