Three governors face lawsuits over closures of gun stores and gun ranges during coronavirus crisis

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Three governors, all Democrats, are facing lawsuits over their orders to shutter gun ranges and gun stores in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

New York-based firearms manufacturer and retailer, Dark Storm Industries, filed a Federal Civil Rights Complaint on Monday in U.S. District Court seeking a temporary restraining order and an emergency injunction against New York state to end the state’s forced closure of firearms retailers.

Dark Storm filed the complaint after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order mandated that non-essential businesses close down indefinitely and the state has determined that most firearms-related businesses as non-essential, except those who conduct business with law enforcement and the military. Those businesses, however, have been prohibited by the state from conducting business with the general public.