NSSF Implores Government Officials to Designate Gun Business ‘Critical’ During Emergency


The National Shooting Sports Foundation has just sent this message to member businesses:

As your industry’s trade association, we want you to know the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) is hard at work for you during this challenging time as the nation faces the COVID-19 pandemic. NSSF is in contact with the White House, Capitol Hill and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advocating that our industry – from manufacturers to distributors to retailers to ranges – be declared by DHS as a “national critical infrastructure industry.” The DHS list is only guidance to states and local governments and does not carry the force of law. Therefore, NSSF is proactively working at the state and local level to advocate that our industry be exempted from any emergency ordinances or orders as “essential businesses.”

For example, through NSSF’s efforts, a proposed city ordnance in Albuquerque, N.M., to shutter firearm retailers was defeated.

Most recently, in response to NSSF’s efforts, the Governor of Illinois, in his emergency “shelter in place” executive order, declared that firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers are “essential” and may remain open for business. Please see official statement below:

Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations.  Businesses that sell, manufacture, or supply other Essential Businesses and Operations with the support or materials necessary to operate, including computers, audio and video electronics, household appliances; IT and telecommunication equipment; hardware, paint, flat glass; electrical, plumbing and heating material; sanitary equipment; personal hygiene products; food, food additives, ingredients and components; medical and orthopedic equipment; optics and photography equipment; diagnostics, food and beverages, chemicals, soaps and detergent; and firearm and ammunition suppliers and retailers for purposes of safety and security;

NSSF is here to serve as a resource for you throughout this crisis. We will continue to keep our members informed on further developments and provide useful information over the next several months as we, the industry, navigate these challenging times together. Please visit NSSF.org for other useful information surrounding creating a crisis plan and securing your inventory. Please let us know ways that we can further support your business by reaching out to our membership team at 203-426-1320 or emailing us at [email protected].


  1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

    In related news, the Kansas legislature just passed a declaration limiting the Governor’s emergency powers and prohibiting the sale and/or transfer of guns and ammo.

    One step in the right direction.


    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      “…limiting the Governor’s emergency powers so that the sale and/or transfer of guns and ammo cannot be prohibited

      Sometimes I type too quickly and forget to proofread my own comments before clicking on that “Post” button.

      1. avatar Brunelda says:

        So very typical of you.

  2. avatar Debbie W. says:

    These sicko anti gun zealots will use any excuse they can to get at your rights. Some places are letting criminals go free and limiting arrests. Perhaps those who find gun stores closed will get a clearer view of gun control and help vote the anti gun zealots out.

  3. avatar Jim Wildrick Jr says:

    There should be no moratorium nationwide on the sale of firearms and ammunition.Have noticed some states most notability California have found another way to circumvent the second amendment by using the epidemic as an excuse to halt gun and ammunition sales.As I said many times before until the U.S Supreme court re-affirms our right to bear arms and self defense this B.S will continue on.

  4. avatar RGP says:

    I thought the master plan was to have the military buy guns and ammo from China…

  5. avatar former water walker says:

    I’m shocked the leftard ILL gov wants gunshops to stay open. A win is a win I guess…

  6. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Wait a minute! A few days ago I read on this site how the NSSF was not the individual firearms owners friend.that they were only concerned with the large manufacturers. I’m confused. Please make up my mind!

    1. avatar Hush says:

      @ Gadsden Flag, You probably read this: “Yet, Carl Bussjaeger of wrote in The Truth About Guns, the NSSF as the industry’s trade association was throwing gun owners under the bus. His contention is NSSF didn’t fall on the sword and throw out more than a decade’s worth of work to expand markets for U.S.-based manufacturers. Bussjaeger offered half-hearted explanations of what the reforms do, what the case is about and what’s ahead.”
      From: TTAG Exclusive: NSSF’s Court Actions Fight for Industry and Consumers, March 17.

  7. avatar Ralph says:

    I think that bars and liquor stores should be designated as critical businesses and national treasures.

    1. avatar Hush says:

      I’ll drink to that!

    2. avatar Cooter E Lee says:

      Jim Beam distillery is still working here in Kentucky. When times are good, people need a drink to celebrate. When times are hard, people need a drink to forget.

  8. avatar enuf says:

    Repeating what I posted on the other threads on this topic:

    Department of Homeland Security
    Critical Infrastructure Sectors

    Hell yes gun and ammo makers belong in several of these “sectors”.

  9. avatar Roman in Texas says:

    Anyone know if Rays Sporting Goods in Dallas will stay open? Dallas just called for a shelter in place…and I had orders coming in.

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