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NRA Sues California Officials for Closing Gun Stores Amid Virus

  • Suit challenges actions by governor, ‘flip-flopping’ sheriff
  • Firearms retailers deemed ‘non-essential’ in some states
A gun shop is seen closed in Culver City, California on March 26. 

A gun shop is seen closed in Culver City, California on March 26. 

Photographer: Lionel Hahn/Abaca/Sipa via AP
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The National Rifle Association accused California’s governor and the sheriff of Los Angeles County in a lawsuit of taking away constitutional rights to firearms by shutting gun stores during the coronavirus outbreak.

“The circumstances posed by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak are noteworthy, but do not excuse unlawful government infringements upon freedom,” the NRA said in a complaint it filed Friday in Los Angeles federal court along with two individuals, a retail shop and three other firearms advocacy groups.