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Delaware Governor Changes Order, Allows Gun Shops to Remain Open,

though subject to stringent rules aimed at preventing coronavirus spread.

|The Volokh Conspiracy |

WBOC (Tom Lehman) reports that the new rule provides,

Firearms dealers may conduct sales of firearms, ammunition, and other goods directly related to responsible firearm storage and maintenance, by appointment only. No more than two appointments per half hour shall occur, and sellers are limited to operating during normal working hours they operated on prior to the State of Emergency. Any seller who violates such directive may be subject to criminal prosecution or other civil enforcement remedies up to and including arrest or the involuntary closure of the business.

Hard for me to see much of a justification for the "normal working hours" rule, which I expect will magnify the delay people will face in waiting for an appointment; but it may well be the political compromise that it took to make this happen.

Note that the Pennsylvania Governor likewise originally included gun stores in the closure order, and then likewise changed course.

NEXT: Federal Lawsuit in N.J. Challenges Total Closure of Gun Stores

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  1. “but it may well be the political compromise that it took to make this happen.”

    Which is to say, the order was purely motivated by hostility towards the civil right it violated, and all that has happened is some recalibration as to how much they can get away with violating it right now.

    1. “the order was purely motivated by hostility towards the civil right it violated”

      From looking at the list, the original order didn’t shut down ‘gun stores’, it shut down ‘Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores’. The change is to except gun stores from that categorization. So one explanation is that they were setting around cackling with glee that they could finally shut down gun stores, and another is that they looked at the category ‘Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores’, spent 5 seconds deciding, and thought ‘that doesn’t sound very essential’. Occam’s razor points to the second as more likely, IMHO.

      1. There are no cranks quite like gun nuts.

        Except, perhaps, religious zealots.

        Who tend to congregate together (the gun absolutists and the superstitious kooks).

        Carry on, clingers.

        1. I sorry this is happening to you, Artie…

      2. I suspect they started out cackling with glee that they could finally shut down gun stores, then somebody suggested sticking it to Hobby lobby, too. Then it occurred to someone that they’d better pad the list a little to achieve a measure of deniability.

        Look, you complaint might be valid if the gun control movement was born yesterday. But it wasn, and the presumption of good faith in gun regulations has long since been rebutted.

        1. Don’t you realize that they SUPPORT the 2nd Amendment? I mean, they support an “interpretation” of it that would render it completely meaningless, but that’s still strong support!

          1. I bet one of them even owns a double-barreled shotgun that he aimed at a rabbit once.

        2. I suspect they started out cackling with glee that they could finally shut down gun stores

          Brett’s fan fiction life continues.

          1. Sarcastro, I may be in my 60’s, but I don’t have Alzheimer’s yet. I’m never going to submit to these demands of yours that I just ignore a lifetime of watching gun controllers operate.

            1. You’re not just watching them, you’re writing about what they do when you’re not watching.

              That’s fan fiction.

              1. It’s often the case that what they do when we’re not watching is what causes the most problems for 2A supporters specifically, and the citizenry in general.

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