A federal judge on Monday denied a request by gun-rights groups to prevent California from shutting down gun stores during the coronavirus crisis in a legal battle that could end up before the Supreme Court.
"The City's and County's stated objective—reducing the spread of COVID-19, a highly dangerous and infectious disease—undoubtedly constitutes an important government objective," Birotte said in the ruling. "The closure of non-essential businesses, including firearms and ammunition retailers, reasonably fits the City's and County's stated objectives."
"The Court's awful ruling in this matter is far from the end of this lawsuit," the Firearms Policy Coalition said in a statement. "We will continue to seek a preliminary injunction in this matter and are prepared to seek relief from the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court should doing so be necessary to end these unconstitutional bans, defend liberty, and fight for the rights of our members and the public."
Thanks to @AmySwearer of @Heritage for joining me on today's Bearing Arms' Cam & Co to talk about a California judge's decision allowing the LA County sheriff to shut down gun stores during the coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/Jz37mjwP3L— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) April 7, 2020
Read the full ruling below.