By The Blaze. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a letter warning city and county officials that they did not have the authority to shut down gun shops in Texas over the coronavirus pandemic. . .
Paxton outlined the Texas law that governed the power of local governments over firearms sales in his letter and came to a stern conclusion.
“Thus, although section 418.108 of the Government Code may generally allow municipal and county officials to ‘control the movement of persons and the occupancy of premises’ in a local disaster area, notwithstanding that general authority, emergency orders from local officials may not relate to the transfer, possession, ownership or sale of firearms,” he wrote.
Paxton goes on to assert that local authorities do have the right to regulate use of firearms, but that does not extend to the sale or transfer of firearms. (Read more from “This State Is Not Putting up With Gun Shops Being Closed” HERE)
Guns and Ammo Sales, Pistol Permit Applications Soar in NC Amid Coronavirus Anxiety
By The News Observer. Just after 10 a.m. Tuesday more than 100 people were either inside or lining up outside Perry’s Gun Shop in Wendell, the store’s owner said.
Nearly half were in the store, where owner Berry Perry said he was trying to enforce social distancing.
“I am trying to limit the number of people in the store to recognize the six-foot safety limit,” he said.
The gun store, which is selling hundreds of firearms a day, is one of many across the Triangle and the nation seeing business surge as new and existing gun owners clear shelves of guns and ammunition amid the uncertainty of the novel coronavirus’ impact on the community and supply chains. (Read more from “Guns and Ammo Sales, Pistol Permit Applications Soar in NC Amid Coronavirus Anxiety” HERE)