Oppressive Regulations Force Last Gun Shop in SF to Close

Oppressive Regulations Force Last Gun Shop in SF to Close

Oppressive Regulations Force Last Gun Shop in SF to Close

It is the end of an era, and many gun owners fear it is a sign of things to come. The last operating gun store within San Francisco city limits, Highbridge Arms, announced it will be closing earlier this month. General manager Steve Alcairo confirmed the decision on Facebook and said that the store will be clearing out all available inventory as soon as possible.

“Dear friends and family, it’s with tremendous sadness and regret that I have to announce we are closing our shop. For many reasons I cannot get into at this moment, it appears our final days will be through to the end of October of 2015,” Highbridge Arms stated.

Highbridge Arms is a city landmark. The gun shop was originally opened in the 1950s by Olypmic shooter and gunsmith Bob Chow. In 1988, the store was sold to Andy Takahashi, who resisted closing down the store after the city zoning commission refused to renew the shop’s permit. The store was actually shut down several years ago due to opposition from local gun control groups, which lobbied the city to deny the shop a zoning permit. Fortunately for San Francisco gun owners, Alcairo was able to successfully reopen the shop in 2010.

Yet that seemed to only bring the gun store a half decade reprieve. When San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrel proposed a new ordinance this month that would require city gun shops—or rather, just the one—to keep video recordings of all gun and ammunition sales for at least a year, Alcairo commented that it was the last straw.

 

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