Some 35 years ago I lived in the Bay Area. In those days they had a large gun store down in the financial district.
I actually remember Gun Shows down in San Jose as well as at the LA County Fair Grounds.
California’s Anti-Gun Movement started in 1968 when Reagan signed a gun control measure into law that was aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of the Black Panthers.
It has gone downhill since then. Ironic really given the role guns play in the entertainment industry which is a major contributor to the California economy. Can’t make a good action movie without a lot of guns, car chases and explosions.
by Chris Eger
The mood is somber at High Bridge Arms as the shop is closing following introduction of a law to video all gun and ammo sales and transmit data to the police department.
In July, Supervisor Mark Farrell asked city attorney’s office to draft legislation increasing restrictions on gun stores operating in the city to mandate the recording of sales, storing the videos for at least five years, and transmitting data on buyer and firearms to police at least once a week.
With the proposal’s planned introduction, owners of High Bridge Arms — the sole gun shop in the city of 830,000 — had feared the new regulations would mean the end of the shop over requirements to hand over personal information to include names, addresses and birth dates to city officials in conjunction with gun and ammo sales.
With the ordinance formally introduced earlier this month, High Bridge made it official and is having a going out of business sale.
“Dear friends and family, it’s with tremendous sadness and regret that I have to announce we are closing our shop,” the shop posted to their Facebook page. “It has been a long and difficult ride, but a great pleasure to be your last San Francisco Gun shop.”
The store is has confirmed they will clearance out their inventory in preparation to close the doors for the last time at the end of October.
“Orders for any items we don’t have must be placed before the 15th of October,” reads another notice.
The city ordinance, as outlined by Farrell, would mandate that all sales of firearms or ammo in the city limits be recorded on video and stored for a minimum of five years. Further, it directs a list of personal data be collected from any buyer and transmitted to the SFPD within a week of the sale.