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Gun Stores Re-opened for Business

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Just a few days after gun stores were deemed non-essential businesses, State Representative Dustin Burrows made it his mission to get it reversed.

Burrows immediately asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to take action. 

And just 72-hours later, on Friday, Paxton issued an order that classified gun shops as essential businesses.

"There's clear statute out there that says our Mayor and county judges cannot close gun stores," Burrows said. "We have to follow and observe the rule of law, especially in times like these because that's just who we are as a country."

Lubbock State Senator Charles Perry applauded both Paxton and Burrows. 

"The Attorney General got it right," Perry said. "It was never an essential or non-essential reason, I think people need to remember that it's a fundamental right that you can't ignore no matter how troubled times are."

For a few days, Lubbock gun shops like Sharp Shooters were prohibited from selling firearms. They only offered curbside pickup for ammo. 

Being that 80 percent of their business comes from their firearm sales, General Manager Izzy Musquiz was concerned for his store and the public.

"Being Texas, a big second amendment state, kind of left a lot of questions in peoples minds." Musquiz said. "It was going to make us vulnerable if we weren't able to access firearms, especially during this pandemic."

Musquiz and his staff are happy about the opinion news, but they will still put customer safety as their top priority.

"We're only gonna allow five people in at a time," Musquiz added. "We've got all of our designated areas marked to keep people six feet apart."

Sharp Shooters is open from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. and they will continue to follow CDC guidelines.

"For people who want to go to gun stores to arm themselves for self protection, hunting or defense of their property. Business is open." Burrows added.

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