Just a day after Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced in an interview with FOX 11 that gun stores are nonessential businesses and will have to close, the sheriff suspended efforts to close the stores after a legal opinion from the county's top lawyer.
"We will be closing them, they are not an essential function," Villanueva said in an earlier interview. "I'm a supporter of the 2nd amendment, I'm a gun owner myself, but now you have the mixture of people that are not formerly gun owners and you have a lot more people at home and anytime you introduce a firearm in a home, from what I understand from CDC studies, it increases fourfold the chance that someone is gonna get shot."
In addition to being the sheriff, Villanueva is also the Director of Emergency Operations, meaning he is in charge of handling the coronavirus crisis and that all FEMA and National Guard requests must go through him.
Villanueva said he recently added 1,300 deputies to patrol, as well as obtained 1 million N-95 masks to distribute among medical personnel and law enforcement.