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Interview: Alex Villanueva And Supe Sheila Kuehl On Sheriff’s Role To Lead Emergency Ops During CV-19

Customers look at a long gun at a gun shop.
Customers look at a long gun at a gun shop.

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Yesterday, Sheriff Villanueva said that he’d put a pause on gun store closure efforts until further clarification from the Governor.

This was after the LA County Counsel’s office said that since neither the Governor’s nor the County’s orders mentioned gun shops specifically, they should be deemed essential.

Then, Newsom kicked the can back to the Sheriff, saying he would leave it up to Sheriffs to make that decision for their jurisdictions. Meanwhile, the L.A. County Supervisors are taking actions to remove the Sheriff from his post as head of emergency operations during this pandemic. Several Supervisors have said that this move is unrelated to the Sheriff’s actions regarding gun stores. 

We talked with L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on the latest.


Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor representing District 3, which stretches from the ocean to Los Feliz, and from Venice up to San Fernando

Alex Villanueva, Sheriff of Los Angeles County; he tweets @LACoSheriff