April 16, 2021 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Culver City Rules Gun Stores Essential

Culver City rules in accordance with county and federal guidelines

By Sam Catanzaro

Culver City officials say that firearm retailers are part of the essential critical infrastructure and are allowed to be open during the COVID-19 local emergency.

On April 2, 2020, Culver City City Council adopted a resolution that allows firearm retailers to conduct business, including new sales and transfers, during the COVID-19 local emergency.

“The policy is consistent with [Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency] CISA Guidance and the County of Los Angeles’ current positions regarding the inclusion of firearms retailers as part of the essential critical infrastructure,” the City said in a news release.

Culver City is home to most of the gun stores on the Westside, including Martin B. Retting Inc., the subject of photos that went viral showing people lined up as the COVID-19 outbreak was promoting the first round of social distancing orders from lawmakers.

“Due to the need to maintain safe environment during this COVID-19 emergency, and in accordance with Culver City’s order, we will be significantly limiting the number of customers that we can accept at any given time. We are operating under an appointment only basis for the foreseeable future, which is basically as long as this emergency continues,” Martin B Retting Inc. wrote in a Facebook post. “Availability on most items, including ammo, is very limited and the supply chain is going to tied up for a while.”

The decision was celebrated by the California Rifle and Pistol Association, who was behind efforts to have Culver City allow gun shops to stay open, calling on their members to submit input to City Council.

“Your CALL TO ACTION won the day. Thank you to all those who stepped up and submitted comments. Who says couch potatoes can’t be effective!” the Association wrote in a Facebook post.

Culver City’s actions come days after the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department ruled that gun shops are essential businesses and are allowed to remain open during the COVID-19 outbreak. This marks a reversal of an effort to close gun shops during the stay at home order by Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

Villanueva’s change of stance was prompted by the release of new guidelines from the Department of Homeland Security classifying firearm industry workers as essential critical infrastructure personnel.

“Based on this further input from the federal government, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will not order or recommend the closure of businesses that sell or repair firearms or sell ammunition,” Villanueva said.

Villanueva did note that the Department will continue to investigate reports of poor sanitation in gun shops and failure to maintain social distancing requirements.

Related Posts

DUI Checkpoint Coming to Westside Intersection Friday Night

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

DUI and license checkpoint Friday and Saturday night By Chad Winthrop A Los Angeles Police Department DUI checkpoint is coming...

Fiesta La Ballona Committee Considering Moving Location and Date 2021 Event

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Annual Culver City festival could get a new October date  By Toi Creel With the state beginning to reopen due...

Edify TV: LAFD Announces Likely Cause of Ballona Wetlands Fire

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

The LAFD has revealed the cause of a March fire that destroyed five acres of the Ballona Wetlands. Learn more...

Popular Taco Shop Heading Towards Westside

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Sonoratown coming to Mid City soon By Toi Creel One of Los Angeles’ most popular taco shops is making its...

Restaurant Spotlight: Piccolo Bringing Fine Italian Dining to Santa Monica and Venice

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Latest restaurant from Chef Antonio Mure with two locations on Westside  By Timothy Michael An esteemed chef with deep ties...

Food Review: Griddle Cake Perfection Arrives on the Westside

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Breakfast by Salt’s Cure lands on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica By Kerry Slater A new Westside breakfast spot serves...

Edify TV: Venice Handball Courts Encampment Cleared

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Sanitation crews Thursday cleared a homeless encampment at the Venice Beach handball courts. Learn more in this video made possible...

Superintendent Leslie Lockhart Announces Her Retirement From CCUSD After 23 Years in the District

April 14, 2021

April 14, 2021

At this week’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, CCUSD Superintendent Leslie Lockhart announced that she will be retiring from the...

Culver City Unified’s Music Education Program Earns National Recognition … Again!

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

For the second year in a row, the Culver City Unified School District has earned the Best Communities for Music...

Culver Police Arrest Suspects After Two 7-Elevens Are Robbed at Gunpoint

April 12, 2021

April 12, 2021

CCPD arrest two men in connection to Sunday incident By Sam Catanzaro Two suspects were arrested after robbing back-to-back Culver...

Eight Small Homes Under Construction in Del Rey

April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

Development taking shape near Ballona Creek By Chad Winthrop Eight small homes are taking shape in Del Rey on land...

Culver City Video Game HQ Underway

April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

Take a look at the Culver City headquarters for a $3.3 billion gaming company. Video made possible by Santa Monica...

Edify TV: A Look at a Proposed Westside Homeless Shelter Locations

April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021

Take a look at a collection of Westside properties that a LA lawmaker is proposing bringing homeless shelters to in this...

Wende Museum Hosts Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

Building diversity in museum’s art collection By Toi Creel The Wende Museum wants to help build diversity within its art...

Police Search for Westfield Culver City Drive-by Shooting Suspects

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

CCPD investigating April 3 incident By Chad Winthrop Police are searching for suspects in a drive by shooting near Westfield...