Monday, October 5, 2015

San Francisco's Last Gun Store Closing Doors For Good

Huffington Post

The only gun store in San Francisco is shuttering for good, saying it can no longer operate in the city's political climate of increased gun control regulations and vocal opposition to its business.

"It's with tremendous sadness and regret that I have to announce we are closing our shop," High Bridge Arms manager Steve Alcairo announced in a Facebook post on Sept. 11. "It has been a long and difficult ride, but a great pleasure to be your last San Francisco gun shop."

Alcairo said the breaking point came this summer when a local politician proposed a law that would require High Bridge Arms to video record every gun sale and submit a weekly report of ammunition sales to the police. If passed, the law would join several local gun control ordinances on the books in a city still scarred by the 1993 murder of eight in a downtown high-rise and the 1978 assassination of Mayor George Moscone and gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

"I'm not doing that to our customers. Enough is enough," Alcairo said. "Buying a gun is a constitutionally protected right. Our customers shouldn't be treated like they're doing something wrong."


  1. Now that Mr. Alcairo has escaped San Francisco, I hope he sets up shop somewhere in the U.S.

  2. "The store's summer slump comes amid an overall gun sales surge in the state, according to California Department of Justice statistics.
    The California DOJ reported 931,000 guns sold last year— three times the number sold in 2004 and the second highest annual number since the department began keeping sales records in 1991."

    So residents will merely have to drive a bit farther to contribute to the growing market in firearms.

  3. Good riddance? So that was the plan all along?

    The truth comes out.

    1. No, I don't know if that was the plan all along. How would I?

      The thing I noticed is the supposed straws that broke the camel's back didn't seem all that onerous to me. Maybe his business was just goin down the drain and he decided to close up and blame it on the

    2. gun control atmosphere, like a true victim.

    3. MikeB: "The thing I noticed is the supposed straws that broke the camel's back didn't seem all that onerous to me."

      That's why the saying calls it a "straw". It is supposed to represent a pile on of many many little things. Eventually the camel collapses, even though you only added one more piece of straw.