© 2023 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Gun Stores Qualify As 'Essential' Business In Connecticut

Alan Diaz

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont says gun shops are essential businesses that can remain open, while others close for the COVID-19 pandemic. Gun control advocates aren’t happy with his decision.

Gun stores stay open alongside dozens of other types of business exempted in Lamont’s executive order. Many gun stores have reported increased sales during the pandemic. 

Po Murray is with Newtown Action Alliance. The group was founded after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six educators.

“Designating gun shops as essential businesses during a pandemic only helps the corporate gun lobby to sell more guns.”

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker also listed gun shops as essential when issuing a similar list. But governors from nearby states, including New York and New Jersey, didn’t include them.

The Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation says guns are critical to American infrastructure.

Read the latest on WSHU’s coronavirus coverage here.


Do you have questions you’d like WSHU to answer in local coverage of the coronavirus? Let us know via this survey.

Copyright 2020 WSHU

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He fell in love with sound-rich radio storytelling while working as an assistant reporter at KBIA public radio in Columbia, Missouri. Before coming back to radio, he worked in digital journalism as the editor of Newtown Patch. As a freelance reporter, his work for WSHU aired nationally on NPR. Davis is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism; he started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.