On Saturday, March 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order 107, closing all nonessential retail businesses to the public. Regrettably, he included firearms dealers in this Order; despite leaving liquor stores and office supply stores open.
After seeing surges in gun and ammunition purchases amid the coronavirus panic, gun stores were forced to close without meeting demands.
These closures have sparked a national debate, especially with anti-gun Illinois declaring their firearms dealers as essential.
But the demand for self-protection has not ceased, and one creative small business owner has found a way to continue service to his clientele.
The Uber of Ammunition
Derek Pitera, CEO of SC Arms in Spotswood, New Jersey, did his research and found a way to legally continue the sale of ammunition in the state – by moving to delivery.
While his brick and mortar store remains closed, Pitera has forwarded his store’s phone calls to his cell phone, where he accepts orders.
Pitera personally delivers the orders in his truck, still requiring a driver’s license and NJ firearms purchase ID card, as required by law.
Pitera was seeking to generate cash flow for his family but has simultaneously stood up for the right to bear arms.
He has received orders from across the state, and will deliver to any location, for a fee. Pitera is conscious and respectful of social distancing recommendations and is able to complete the transactions without person-to-person contact.
Other New Jersey stores are considering delivery in the wake of Pitera’s success.
Don’t Tread On Us
Hopefully this serves as a lesson to anti-gun politicians: the 2nd Amendment is here to stay. The right to bear arms and the right to protect one’s family will not be infringed upon. We will persevere, despite the circumstances.
As our world and our country experience more strife, more crises, and more global pandemics, the general public is rushing to take up arms. The average American knows the best way to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.
The best way to protect your family is not to rely on government services; it is to take matters into your own hands.
An increasingly anti-gun movement, especially among young people and politicians, has swept the media into a gun control frenzy.
The media will have you believe that any teenager with access to a weapon will kill their classmates; that members of our military will commit suicide if there is a firearm in the home; that all homes with a gun are hotbeds for accidental shootings.
While gun safety and proper storage and use remain an issue for some gun owners, millions of American citizens peacefully exercise their right to bear arms on a daily basis.
In times of crisis, personal protection should be commended and recommended, not put a stop to. With many government services experiencing overwhelming demand, now is the time to alleviate the strain on them.
Our caps are off to Pitera, a true Patriot. Keep fighting the good fight!