No one is saying they are closing gun stores right now
Disclaimer: In this new and fast moving situation, the rhetoric and statements may not accurately reflect what an actual order would entail, nor what the city attorney may approve. Please note, the emergency order ordinance for Reno predates enhanced preemption and the passage of of the Limitations on emergency powers relating to firearms state statute.
Currently, the city states it's emergency closure order applies to bars, nightclubs, gyms, and restaurants 3/20-4/05/2020. No mention of gun stores was made. Essential businesses are being kept open, but some may deem gun stores to be non-essential. See their COVID-19 website.
This is more of warning than a call to figurative arms. Heck, most gun stores are empty anyway. Even so, the law is still on the books and we should not let anyone think it's okay to close gun stores in violation of state law. If you want to send a polite reminder, please do.
Sparks is not asking any businesses to close as of this writing.
(a) If a declared state of emergency exists within the city, the council may, if it deems it necessary to maintain peace and protect the public, order and enforce the measures listed in subsection (b). If circumstances prohibit the timely action of the council, the mayor, the assistant mayor, or the city manager may, under the same circumstances, order the emergency measures listed in subsection (b) and shall report his actions to the council at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
The city ordinance dates from 1991. It has not been updated to reflect current state law, which both firearm regulation preemption and emergency power regulation relate to.
Pursuant to Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States and Section 11 of Article 1 of the Constitution of the State of Nevada, and notwithstanding any other provision of law, the emergency powers conferred upon the Governor and upon the executive heads or governing bodies of the political subdivisions of this State must not be construed to allow:
You may want to contact the city council and mayor to remind them closing gun stores and prohibiting gun sales is illegal.
Clayton E. Cramer
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