Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), part of the Dept. of Homeland Security, issued a list of jobs/industries that are part of the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce." This is intended to help guide, not mandate or instruct, local government on vital sectors of the American economy.
This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard. Additionally, this advisory list is not intended to be the exclusive list of critical infrastructure sectors, workers, and functions that should continue during the COVID-19 response across all jurisdictions. Individual jurisdictions should add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion.
Under "Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Other First Responders" they list:
Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.
Why shooting ranges? Well the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) had been pursuing the government to declare firearm businesses essential.
Americans are buying guns in numbers never before seen. These new gun owners need someplace to practice and train, which are gun ranges. If the government closes them, it's kinda hard for people to have a "well disciplined" right to keep and bear arms. It also keeps American shooters proficient and safe. Cops use commercial shooting ranges in a lot of places. Security guards, in high demand to guard critical businesses and shuttered buildings, have to train and qualify too.
So hopefully, the shooting ranges in Nevada can open up. The Clark County Shooting Complex put out a hopeful note on Facebook a few days ago that they may re-evaluate the closure in 30 days. Being outside on the range, especially in small groups at the Education Center, really reduces the risk of infection. On the private ranges, which seem to be run by fudds, someone in private bay or on the line, well separated from other shooters, is practically at zero risk.
Clayton E. Cramer
Gun Free Zone
The War on Guns
Western Rifle Shooters