A part of the U.S. government, which is responsible for maintaining public security, announced weapons will continue to be made despite a deadly Asian disease.
The Trump administration has confirmed the manufacturing and sale of guns and ammunition will continue despite measures to contain the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus.
“[This includes] workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges,” the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher Krebs said in a statement. “Workers supporting the manufacturing of safety equipment and uniforms for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and first responder [are included too].”
The protections fall under the Coronavirus Guidance for America’s Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce advisory list on law enforcement, public safety, and other first responders.
CISA developed the list in cooperation with federal agencies, state and local governments, as well as the private sector to “protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.”
The agency also said the list does not replace public health measures implemented to combat the CCP Virus.
“This list is advisory in nature, it is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard,” Krebs said. “This advisory list is not intended to be the exclusive list of critical infrastructure sectors, workers, and functions that should continue during the COVID-19 response across all jurisdictions. Individual jurisdictions should add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion.”
Different state, local, tribal, and territorial authorities will also have the power to make their own decisions about access and re-entry to their communities.
“Officials should use their own judgment in issuing implementation directives and guidance,” Krebs said. “Critical infrastructure owners and operators are expected to use their own judgement on issues of the prioritization of business processes and workforce allocation to best ensure continuity of the essential goods and services they support … [and] some workers engaged in activity determined to be essential may be unable to perform those functions because of health-related concerns.”
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) applauded President Donald Trump for deciding to uphold the right to bear arms as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
“Every freedom loving American owes President Donald Trump and his administration a very big thank you for protecting our Second Amendment rights,” SAF Founding Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said in a statement. “This is another [President] Trump promise made and promise kept.”
The foundation is now preparing to take legal action against multiple state and local authorities for ordering the closure of weapon shops due to the CCP Virus and them being “nonessential businesses.”
“The president and his administration have done the right thing,” Gottlieb said. “They are dealing with a national emergency while remembering that no malady, however severe, can nullify or even temporarily suspend the exercise of a constitutionally delineated fundamental right.”
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