Gun stores are considered essential services under Georgia's new shelter-in-place order.
The order, issued by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, took effect on April 3 at 6 p.m. It explicitly states that "Nothing in this Order shall be construed to suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of firearms or ammunition, or any component thereof."
Georgia governors faced strict limitations on their emergency power over firearms and ammunition as of 2014.
"Prior to July 1, 2014, the governor had the power embedded in his emergency powers act to prevent the sale of firearms and ammo, as well as prevent Georgia citizens from carrying a firearm during a declared emergency. This left the citizens most vulnerable at a time when their only defense would come from within," said Jerry Henry, executive director of Georgia Carry. "GeorgiaCarry.Org worked for six years to get this provision removed from the governor's powers act, which culminated with HB 60 being passed and signed into law in 2014."
🔦 The Department of Homeland Security said last month that gun stores are considered essential services and should stay open during shelter-in-place orders.