LA County Sheriff orders gun stores to close; adds 1,300 deputies to patrol

Published: March 24, 2020  Updated: March 24, 2020 at 6:15 pm EST

LOS ANGELES – In a sit-down interview with FOX 11, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva declared gun stores as nonessential businesses that will be forced to close.

Sheriff Villanueva also said he’s adding 1,300 deputies to patrol, that he’s released 1,700 nonviolent inmates from county jails, and criticized how local politicians have handled the messaging behind the numerous stay-at-home orders.

“This is about taking care of people, not elected officials or politicians,” Villanueva said.

He pointed out that the routine press conferences routinely involve politicians thanking each other, and minimal important information.

“When I see the same faces and they’re saying a lot but there’s no substance, you eventually become background noise and people just tune you out,” Villanueva said.

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