The owner of Shawsheen Firearms in Massachusetts says customers will be pouring into his store on Saturday, after a federal judge ruled that Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision order gun stores closed won’t be enforced while a lawsuit against the order proceeds. Vinny Cedrone was the lead plaintiff one of two cases considered by U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock, and he pulled no punches when he spoke to reporters shortly after the injunction was issued.
“People are going to come out and buy guns just to friggin’ buy guns,” he said.
“Even if they didn’t want one, they’re going to come out and buy a gun just to stick it up that a**hole’s a**,” he said, referring to Gov. Charlie Baker.
If April 19th, 1775 was the “shot heard ’round the world,” then May 9th, 2020 may be known as the “sales heard ’round the world.” I wouldn’t be surprised if the state set a single day record for firearm sales, even with social distancing measures in place limiting the number of customers that can be served. And yes, Cedrone is right that some of those sales will be the financial equivalent of a giant middle finger to the Massachusetts governor, but there are also going to be plenty of customers who are there to get a firearm for self-defense rather than make a political statement. There’s a lot of pent up demand in the state, where stores were ordered to close by Baker on April 1st, after he first declared them essential and allowed them to remain open a day earlier.