On March 20, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) designated which businesses were deemed "essential" and ordered all others to close.
Liquor stores are permitted to remain open, but gun stores were required to shut their doors after Governor Cuomo's edit.
Now, the NRA is fighting back.
The NRA is suing New York Governor Cuomo for closing gun stores during the COVID-19, claiming that they are essential businesses.
The right to carry and bear arms is expressly listed as a Constitutional right through the Second Amendment.
While states like New York have been releasing prisoners from jail amid outbreak fears, it appears that law-abiding citizens are suffering from big government restrictions.
If the NRA succeeds, law abiding citizens will be able to purchase whatever firearms they need for self defense.
More details below:
New York is currently the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States.
While liquor stores are allowed to remain open, gun shops have been forced to shut their doors after Governor Cuomo's order.
The economic shutdown threatens plenty of small businesses, and it is expected that many will be unable to reopen after sustained weeks of no revenue.
The Hill confirms the NRA's lawsuit:
The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Thursday sued New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for deeming gun shops nonessential, forcing them to close during the coronavirus outbreak.
Cuomo made the designation on March 20, labeling only grocery stores, liquor stores, pharmacies and restaurants that do takeout as essential, ordering all other businesses to close amid the pandemic.
New York has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., with more than 92,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,600 deaths, according to The New York Times.
The complaint calls Cuomo's decision a "pointless and arbitrary attack on the constitutional rights of New York citizens and residents," adding that the governor, "indefinitely suspended a key component of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution."
The powerful pro-gun group's suit follows a similar suit that they filed against California last week after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued a similar order.
Progressive leaders have been constistently accused of using the crisis to pass far left agendas, even if temporarily.
Pelosi, for instance, was notoriously called out for stuffing the coronavirus stimulus bill with partisan pork.
The NRA and its supporters argue that indefinitely closing gun shops directly infringes on our Constitutionally given Second Amendment rights.
Cuomo has been a regular critic of guns and the NRA. See below:
New York's definition of "essential" is also vastly different than the Trump administration's definition.
This has led many to suspect that Cuomo may potentially have a hidden agenda or bias at play.
While everyone is worried about essentials such as groceries, it does seem odd that New York would protect the ability to buy alcohol.
Crain's New York Business has more details on the lawsuit filed by the NRA:
New York officials are “going out of their way to protect liquor stores and release criminals onto the streets, while ignoring the public’s outcry over the suspension of Second Amendment rights,” the suit says.
New York Attorney General Letitia James said before the lawsuit was filed that she’d defend the state’s decision.
The New York lawsuit follows similar action the NRA took in Northern California, where it sued San Jose and other cities for ordering gun stores to close. Earlier this week in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy lifted a temporary ban on the sale of guns in the state after the NRA filed suit to block it.
New York’s take on what’s essential is at odds with the Trump administration, according to the complaint. March 28, the Department of Homeland Security issued a list of critical infrastructure, including: “Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors and shooting ranges,” the NRA said. The organization also said law enforcement might not be sufficient to protect citizens during the crisis.
New Yorkers “have read about the release of thousands of prisoners by state officials, and they are concerned about the ability of police forces to maintain order when officers fear contact with Covid-19 or have fallen ill themselves,” the complaint says.
Indeed, the right to protect oneself is a fundamental right.
In this time of crisis, political leaders should be acting to protect Americans, which also includes protecting their Constitutionally protected rights.
COVID-19 directly threatens the health of the Second Amendment.
Firearms are necessary to maintain the safety of residences everywhere.