San Francisco’s armed criminals can rejoice – the last gun store in the city is closing at the end of October. High Bridge Arms manager Steve Alcairo told Time magazine on Sunday that he can no longer put up with the city’s anti-gun atmosphere and endless piles of paperwork required by the San Francisco Police Department, state Department of Justice and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The store was opened in 1952 by Olympic pistol shooter Bob Chow and sold to Andy Takahashi in 1988. Takahashi declined to comment for the magazine’s story.
“It has been a long and difficult ride, but a great pleasure to be your last San Francisco gun shop,” Alcairo said on Facebook Sept. 11.
The manager said the tipping point was a proposed law over the summer that would require him to video record every gun sale and submit a weekly report of ammunition sales to the police. Just the threat of the bill chased customers away, which forced him to lay off three employees.“I’m not doing that to our customers. Enough is enough. Buying a gun is a constitutionally protected right. Our customers shouldn’t be treated like they’re doing something wrong,” Alcairo told Time. “This is the city that defended gay marriage and fights for unpopular causes like medical marijuana. Where’s my support?” CONTINUE