Last Gun Shop in San Francisco Set to Close

Steve Alcairo of High Bridge Arms.photo from Facebook

High Bridge Arms, the last remaining gun shop in the city of San Francisco, is closing due to a new city law that requires a seller to video record all gun and ammo sales and send information on those sales to police.

In July we reported on the new legislation drafted by City Supervisor Mark Farrell, who says the gun control package is meant to detect illegal trafficking of guns and ammunition and to detect and prevent the sale of firearms and ammo by dealers to persons who are prohibited by law from buying them.

The ordinance was formally introduced earlier this month, and High Bridge made their going-out-of-business sale official, according to this story from guns.com.

"Dear friends and family, it's with tremendous sadness and regret that I have to announce we are closing our shop," the shop's Facebook page said. "It has been a long and difficult ride, but a great pleasure to be your last San Francisco gun shop."

The store will clearance their inventory and close their doors by the end of October.

When told of the shop's closing, Farrell said on Facebook, "Prioritizing the public safety of our City's residents always comes first and trumps all else. My gun control reforms are intended to close known loopholes that exist in state and federal law. And, the facts don't lie—jurisdictions with the strictest gun control laws on the books have less gun crime compared to those who don't."

Some Bay Area gun owners don't see it that way.

"With other gun shops right outside city limits, the closing of High Bridge Arms will only result in inconveniencing law-abiding folks who will now have to drive a little extra out of their way for their firearms needs," said Chris Cheng, Top Shot winner, NRA Commentator and city resident, to guns.com. "I'm confident the criminals will still be able to acquire firearms through the trunks of cars and other nefarious sources within city limits."

"I visited the shop often and there would always be regulars there hanging out and socializing," he said. "It's terribly sad that San Francisco will no longer have a gun shop."