Mar 29, 2020 12:00 AM

Counties disagree if Bass Pro can stay open amid pandemic

Posted Mar 29, 2020 12:00 AM
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Officials in neighboring counties disagree on whether Bass Pro Shops on opposite sides of the Kansas-Missouri border should remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials in Johnson County, Kansas, say the company's store in Olathe is allowed to remain open because the chain sells packaged foods and it falls under the exemptions for grocery stores in the county’s order. In Jackson County, Missouri, however, the Bass Pro location seemed to be selling primarily guns and ammunition and a county health official said the agency would be telling the owners they're violating the county's order.

Bass Pro Shops has kept both locations open because it believes the public has the right to access guns and ammunition during an emergency.