Los Angeles sheriff orders all gun stores shut down, and instructs deputies to enforce closures

Gun stores in Los Angeles have been declared a nonessential business and have been forced to close, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in a statement Tuesday.

Villanueva also announced the department will add 1,300 deputies to beef up patrols.

“There are hundreds of businesses which, through no fault of their own, do not fall under the Governor’s definition of critical infrastructure,” the sheriff said. “As a result, I have instructed my deputies to enforce closures of businesses which have disregarded the Governor’s order (gun stores, strip clubs, and other non-designated businesses).”

This directive comes after reports that gun stores in Los Angeles have seen an increase in sales due to coronavirus concerns.

*story by CNN