"States across the country have swiftly adopted draconian measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, including an indefinite suspension of their citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
New York has taken some of the most extreme measures. According to a phone survey of all 62 New York counties conducted by 2ANYS, a full 84 percent of counties (52) have suspended or ignored their duty to continue processing pistol permits.
New York also forced the closure of Remington Arms in Ilion, NY, until April 30 because the factory was deemed “non-essential.”
According to Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Vincent J. Bono, Remington Arms payroll makes up about a sixth of the county’s total economy. The closure “will be devastating to the families of those workers,” he told the Observer-Dispatch.
What would be great, is if someone sued that, because of NYS permit scheme they were denied their 2A rights because the state couldn't process applications during an emergency. That, this in and of itself, creates a burdensome factor when people ought not be reliant on the state to be able to exercise core rights especially during an emergency. Denied not only because of an already arduous process, but because of an event causing state shut downs. A time when people would arguably need the ability to defend themselves.
Agreed it's the process that is bullshit right now. At the end of the day though, PD does have bigger problems. We can resume this fight for a better process once we have things under control, or we have a sane way for offices to operate.
Only reason they're open is because they're worried the alcoholics will have withdrawals and need to go to the hospital and therefore put more burden on the medical system. As someone who rarely drinks I personally do not view liquor stores as essential but this is their reasoning. Personally, I believe FFLs should have been given the option of remaining open like they are in Illinois. Even if they can't proceed with pistol sales they could still sell long guns and ammo (not that there was much of either of those left on store shelves last week before the shut down).