THE PURGE: San Francisco Drives All Gun Stores From City

THE PURGE: San Francisco Drives All Gun Stores From City

THE PURGE: San Francisco Drives All Gun Stores From City

When gun controllers contend that they aren’t out to prohibit civilian access to firearms, but simply want “responsible” laws to keep guns out of the “wrong hands,” point them to the story of High Bridge Arms, a gun store operated by Japan native Masashi Takahashi in the gun control hotbed of San Francisco, Calif. Last week, employees at the 63-year-old store announced that it would be closing on October 31st as a result of the city’s continued efforts to remove lawfully held firearms from the city through intolerable regulations.  The store was founded by former NRA Board Member and Olympic shooter Bob Chow. High Bridge Arms is currently the only gun store in San Francisco.

According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, the final straw appears to be a proposed city ordinance introduced September 15, that would “require firearms dealers to install, maintain, and operate video surveillance equipment and to transmit records of all ammunition sales to the Police Department.”

The specific conditions of the surveillance requirement are onerous; demanding that:

The cameras shall be sufficient in number and location to monitor all places where firearms or ammunition are stored, handled, sold, transferred, or carried, including, but not limited to, counters, safes, vaults, cabinets, shelves, cases, and entryways. The video surveillance system shall operate continuously, without interruption, whenever the licensee is open for business. Whenever the licensee is not open for business, the system shall be triggered by a motion detector and begin recording immediately upon detection of any motion within the monitored area.

the video surveillance system shall record continuously and store color images of the monitored area at a frequency of not less than 15 frames per second. The system shall produce retrievable and identifiable images and video recordings on media approved by the Chief of Police or his or her designee that can be enlarged through projection or other means, and can be made a permanent record for use in a criminal investigation. The system shall be capable of delineating on playback the activity and physical features of persons or areas where guns and ammunition are stored and handled within the premises.

The stored images shall be maintained on the business premises of the licensee for a
period not less than one year from the date of recordation

The licensee shall inspect the system at least weekly to ensure that it is operational and images are being recorded and retained as required.

The ammunition recordkeeping requirements are no less burdensome. Under the proposed regulation, ammunition sellers would be forced to record the personal information of all ammunition purchasers (including name, address, driver’s license number, and thumbprint), and furnish this information on a weekly basis to the San Francisco Police Department