New Jersey Governor Reverses on Gun Stores, Will Allow Them to Reopen as Essential

Gun stories were initially not included on the list of New Jersey’s essential businesses.

People wait to make purchases at a gun store during the coronavirus crisis, March 30, 2020 (Patrick Fallon/Reuters)
In a reversal of his previous stance on the issue, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said Monday that gun stores will be considered essential and allowed to reopen in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic.

The governor issued an executive order on March 21 requiring all nonessential businesses to close until the pandemic emergency is over. Gun stories were initially not included on the list of New Jersey’s essential businesses, sparking lawsuits from at least three gun rights organizations.

Murphy dubbed gun dealers as essential after a Department of Homeland Security advisory over the weekend called them “critical”.

“In accordance with the guidance released over the weekend by the federal Department of Homeland Security , we will allow firearms sellers to operate,” Murphy said during a Monday briefing, adding that sales must be done “by appointment only and under limited hours.”

“It wouldn’t have been my definition, but that’s the definition at the federal level. I didn’t get a vote on that,” he added.

Gun rights groups argue that gun dealers, which have seen an increase in sales during the coronavirus pandemic, are essential since they sell firearms and ammunition to law enforcement.

“I respect the Second Amendment,” Murphy said last week amid uproar from gun rights advocates arguing that closing gun stories amounts to flouting the Second Amendment. “I have gotten not one complaint from anybody that they were trying to buy a gun and they couldn’t.”


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‘Sick experiment’: Arizona not implementing coronavirus lockdown measures


Arizona has not rolled out any statewide coronavirus lockdown measures in what some panicked residents are slamming as a “huge, sick experiment,” according to a report. The Grand Canyon State is among 10 states that have no shelter-in-place measures on the state, county or municipal level, the Guardian reported. “It’s really disconcerting because you just…


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Cuba boosts food program in light of Covid-19


Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is boosting a food program to guarantee the quality of supplies of agricultural and manufactured products, in light of the health emergency caused by Covid-
According to Ministers Gustavo Rodriguez (Agriculture) and Manuel Santiago Sobrino (Food Industry), Cuban products have to deal with, in addition to this contingency, the persistent US blockade that hinders the acquisition of inputs, raw materials and technology.

On speaking at the Mesa Redonda TV program, Rodriguez assured that despite those adversities, the country has more than 30 years of experience in urban, suburban and family agriculture, as well as in agrarian polices for the benefit of producers and companies.

He noted that in light of the threat posed by the pandemic that is affecting more than 170 countries, Cuba prioritizes key crops for self-sufficiency like rice, beans, corn, potato and roots, as well as egg and pork production.

Investments in the sector grew 12%, and a strategy to change the food importing mentality is in place, the minister explained.

For his part, Manuel Santiago Sobrino said that Cuba’s food industry is in a position to comply with its commitments and guarantee the high quality and safety of its products.

There are no problems in more than 700 food-processing establishments, and their workers are willing to guarantee that important sector for the population, he pointed out.

Since last week, Cuban authorities have implemented new measures to reorder investments, foreign trade and food production, as part of the economic plan to cope with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes Covid-19.


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FDA Authorizes Use of Malaria Drugs for Coronavirus

The authorization is for two oral prescription drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine.

The Food and Drug Administration on Sunday granted an emergency authorization for two drugs, which are typically prescribed to treat malaria, to be used as treatments for the coronavirus.

The emergency-use authorization is for two oral prescription drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which are used primarily to treat malaria, but are now being investigated by federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, as possible treatments for the coronavirus.


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Special educational programming on Cuban television starting on Monday (+ programming)

The Ministry of Education and Cuban Television report that as of Monday, March 30, the transmission of educational programming begins as part of the implementation of the decisions of our Government in the confrontation with COVID-19.

The Educational Channel will begin its programming at 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. On Mondays and Fridays it will do so with the school bulletin board and a complementary program, while Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with reviews for entrance exams to higher education. The programming of this channel includes broadcasts from the primary level to the Pedagogical Training.

For its part, the Tele Rebelde Channel will broadcast from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the reviews for entering Higher Education, and includes subjects aimed at Youth and Adult Education.

This programming will allow methodologists and tele-teachers to orient the objectives and contents expected to expire in the stage according to the different educational levels, grades and subjects, with the support of the available school materials.

We urge the family to collaborate and create the appropriate conditions so that these emissions are viewed by the students and carry out the activities that are oriented, to contribute to the successful fulfillment of the objectives of the different disciplines.

Trump boasts White House briefing ratings in attack of ‘Lamestream Media’


President Trump touted the sky-high ratings of his White House coronavirus briefings — claiming they are driving the media “crazy” — as he reminded his millions of Twitter followers that another one is coming up Sunday afternoon. “Because the ‘Ratings’ of my News Conferences etc. are so high, ‘Bachelor finale, Monday Night Football type numbers’…


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Cops break up NJ man’s apartment party amid coronavirus gathering ban


A New Jersey man flouted the coronavirus ban on gatherings by throwing a jam-packed party for almost 50 people in his tiny one-bedroom apartment, according to officials. “Ewing Township Police broke up a party with 47 people – including a DJ – crammed into a 550-square foot apartment,” Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Saturday about the dangerous…


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