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NRA praises Conn. governor for allowing gun stores to remain open during coronavirus shutdown

Emily Brindley and Eliza Fawcett, The Hartford Courant on

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Despite the court's dismissal, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday allowed gun stores to reopen with limited hours and only through individual appointments, the Associated Press reported.

In other states, gun stores were never closed in the first place. The lockdowns in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Louisiana, West Virginia and Wisconsin all classify firearm retailers as "essential" business -- and, with the exception of West Virginia, all of those states' orders say verbatim that gun stores are necessary "for purposes of safety and security."

Lamont's order does not use that language.

While Blumenthal characterized Lamont as a strong advocate for the prevention of gun violence, he also said he doesn't agree with keeping gun stores open.

"I've spoken with the governor about his decision and I respect and am immensely proud of his leadership during this time," Blumenthal said. "We may just disagree on this issue."


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