The national gun sales surge began in earnest late last week with the President’s declaration of a national emergency. That’s when gun stores were deluged with buyers, many of them first-timers.
California, however, has a 10-day waiting period to take possession of any firearm purchased. Which means none of those buyers who stood in line the Golden State last week walked out of the store with anything that goes bang. Now . . .
After multiple counties across California ordered their residents to shelter in place, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday night he was issuing a statewide order for people to stay at home.
The order went into effect Thursday and will remain in place “until further notice,” the governor’s office said.
This is the first statewide order of its kind in response to the coronavirus.
As far as enforcement, the governor said he didn’t believe California residents needed to “be told through law enforcement that it’s appropriate just to home isolate and protect themselves.”
“There’s a social contract here. People I think recognize the need to do more and to meet this moment,” Newsom said. “People will self-regulate their behavior, they’ll begin to adjust and adapt as they have been quite significantly.”
“We will have social pressure that will encourage people to do the right thing,” the governor said.