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."