Red-Taped to Death

Second Amendment

San Francisco’s only gun shop, High Bridge Arms, after being in business since the 1950s, is sadly closing down. Believing that they have been the target of burdensome rules and regulations, they are finally throwing in the towel.

The shop has been prohibited from exhibiting ads and other displays in its windows and has been required to install cameras and barriers around its exterior. The final straw was the city’s proposal “to take and preserve video of all transactions and turn customers’ personal data over to police on a weekly basis.” The shop, which already has 17 cameras, turns video over to the police upon request. “‘This time, it’s the idea of filming our customers taking delivery of items after they already completed waiting periods,’ Alcairo said. ‘We feel this is a tactic designed to discourage customers from coming to us. This year, it’s this and next year will probably be something else,’ Alcairo added. ‘We don’t want to wait for it.'”

Given that there is no other gun shop in the city, these regulations are clearly intended to make said High Bridge Arms’ continued operation more difficult while ostensibly protecting the public. City Supervisor, Mark Farrell, acknowledges that San Francisco has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, but he insists that “there is more we can do to protect the public.” Targeting a legal business with excessive regulations isn’t about protecting the public; it is more about politicians scoring cheap political points in the name of public safety. The losers end up being the very public they profess to protect. It gives a false sense of security to the misguided who think that a mountain of laws will stop a criminal, and it unfairly restricts law-abiding citizens who rightly seek the means to defend themselves.

Whether the city’s leaders like it or not, firearms ownership is a constitutional right. Their ideological opposition to firearms does not justify their efforts to shut down a business by burying it under a mountain of red tape.

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