High Bridge Arms Inc., San Francisco’s last gun store in the city’s Mission District neighborhood, will close in October.
Driving the business to end transaction is a new regulation advocated by San Francisco City Supervisor Mike Farrell which will require High Bridge to videotape all transactions and record customers’ personal data and provide them to law enforcement every week.
At the moment, 17 video cameras are administered within High Bridge and the owners provide videotape to police upon request. High Bridge Arms serves both private citizens and members of law enforcement with firearms and outdoor equipment.
“This time, it’s the idea of filming our customers taking delivery of items after they already completed waiting periods. We feel this is a tactic designed to discourage customers from coming to us. This year, it’s this and next year will probably be something else. We don’t want to wait for it,” said Steven Alcario, general manager of High Bridge Arms.
California attorney Chuck Michel, a legal expert in firearm law, said:
“The legislation seems aimed merely at giving politicians a chance to falsely claim they are doing something about gun violence. For years San Francisco politicians have inappropriately blamed licensed and inspected gun retailers for violence actually caused by gangs, drugs, and sanctuary city laws. The City has imposed a crushing burden of redundant and pointless regulatory red-tape on firearm retailers, all in an effort to put them out of business. Now they have gotten their wish.”
This new regulation is a half measure sold as common sense.
Already with some of the most-restrictive anti-gun regulations in the nation, the entrenched view among San Francisco’s elite politicians is this additional regulation will avert the purchase of weapons used in crimes. This view has gained ascendency nationwide over the last fifty years.
For San Francisco crime rates have risen: Statistics illustrate per 100,000 citizens, San Francisco remains above the national average in homicide, assault, burglary, robbery and theft.
The cheapest commodity for politicians exercising autocratic prerogatives is to continue to pass edicts which repress the rights of lawful gun owners and every time a gun store ceases business, the thriving market for illegal gun sales is enhanced.
Although an inconvenience, law-abiding gun owners can rummage around for another store which sells firearms. It may include excessive travel, but this is one alternative for them to explore.
However, it would not be putting it too strongly that San Francisco should place a higher premium on the safety of its citizens and those who seek a weapon for protection.
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