In response to a clear need to reduce the spread of COVID-19, business closure orders have been issued at a state and local level. A number of businesses have been deemed essential by the governor’s office and county officials and are operating, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations.

Other businesses such as hardware stores and golf courses have also been allowed to remain open because they were deemed essential to the overall health and welfare of the community.

The Sheriff’s Office believes licensed firearms dealers are also a vital and essential business. Citizens have a constitutionally guaranteed right to protect themselves and their loved ones, especially in times of crisis.

As with all businesses currently operating, we urge firearms dealers to enforce social distancing and proper hygiene in their place of business.