Gun stores in Washington state were not deemed “essential” in Gov. Jay Inslee’s coronavirus stay-at-home order — but that’s not stopping some from keeping business open during the outbreak.
Wade’s Eastside Guns in Bellevue, Wash., is one of several local gun shops defying the order as the debate continues to swirl over whether such businesses are essential.
“As far as the state and all of us are concerned, your right to the protection of yourself, your family and others is an essential need and a constitutional right,” the store said in a statement on its website.
The store isn’t alone, with Tiffany Teasdale, owner of Lynnwood Gun, telling The Seattle Times she’s keeping her store open, too.
“We don’t have anything in writing that says we need to stay closed,” Teasdale said. “And I don’t know anything about what the governor has said.”