Bass Pro can stay open only to sell guns and ammo during COVID-19 emergency

exterior of Bass Pro building in Independence, MO
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Kansas City, MO - The Bass Pro Shops store in Independence can stay open, but only for sales of firearms and ammunition.

The Jackson County Health Department deemed the outdoor and sporting goods retailer as non-essential during the emergency orders issued to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Bass Pro argued to remain open, citing a Missouri State Statute that prohibits the state, county or any municipality from restricting gun sales during an "emergency."

"Legal counsel advised county staff that Bass Pro Shops should be allowed to stay open for the sale of firearms and ammunition," the Health Department said in a news release.

All other in-person sales at Bass Pro Shops must stop, according to the county.

The county says the store has two days to comply.