Friday, May 8, 2020

Massachusetts Closure of Gun Stores Overturned

At least temporarily until the question goes to trial.

Law360 (May 7, 2020, 12:57 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge ordered the state to reopen gun shops by noon Saturday, ruling that Gov. Charlie Baker's executive order closing the retailers during the coronavirus pandemic violates the Second Amendment.

Ruling from the bench in a suit brought by local retailers and citizens, U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock said Thursday the goals of Baker's public health emergency don't warrant excluding gun stores from a list of essential businesses. The judge adopted a 10-point plan, drafted by the state in the event the closures were struck down, to reopen the shops with certain safety precautions in place.
This is an injunction against enforcement of the governor's order pending trial.  Shooting ranges remain closed.

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