Minalex has long provided support to the military and law enforcement as a manufacturer of aluminum extrusion components for firearms, other weapons and a variety of tactical accessories. Whether creating Picatinny rails for mounting telescopic sights, radiator core tubes for battle tanks or rail-based accessory carriers that attach to an Army helmet, Minalex has decades of experience creating components built for rigor and accuracy, including those used by snipers and Navy Seals. Minalex is one of the few manufacturers that can produce parts with +/- 0.001-inch tolerances for extreme precision, and has long-held relationships with many high-profile military contractors, providing thousands of tactical parts that play a crucial role in supporting our military on the front lines.
And while the essential nature of arming our military in protecting American interests both domestically and abroad is unquestionable, uncertainties have arisen as to how to address the purchase of firearms by the general population. When the coronavirus pandemic began to take hold, a debate ensued as to whether gun shops should be considered “essential businesses” and therefore permitted to remain open. The military and others such as Department of Defense contractors are considered essential personnel amid the COVID-19 crisis, but decisions about others seeking to purchase firearms vary. Across the U.S., this issue has been handled state-by-state, with 42 states (at last count) allowing firearm retailers to keep their doors open for business, albeit with some modifications such as limited business hours. Many firearm retailers throughout New Jersey say they are remaining open to ensure they can continue to serve their law enforcement and retired law enforcement customers.
As of March 30, firearm retailers in New Jersey are now considered essential businesses in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Governor Phil Murphy made the announcement in a reversal of his previous position on this issue. The Governor said he made the decision to regard firearms dealers as essential businesses following guidelines issued by the federal Department of Homeland Security, which added gun dealers, ranges and manufacturers to its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce for the coronavirus response on March 28. The guidance document specifically mentions essential personnel including, “Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors and shooting ranges.”
With the coronavirus restrictions currently still in place, for the time being New Jersey firearm retailers will remain open by appointment only and during limited hours of operation. Minalex will be monitoring any new developments and will post updates with any pertinent information.