San Francisco is a famously left-leaning city, often at the forefront of progressive movements. Whether it's seeing Harvey Milk become the first openly gay man elected to public office in California or countless rallies promoting equality across borders social, political, racial and beyond, the city is a hotspot for change. So it almost comes without surprise that San Francisco will become the largest American city without a gun store.
High Bridge Arms, a gun shop located in the city's rapidly gentrifying Mission District, has announced that it will shut down after roughly 60 years. This comes in response to new proposed regulations that would require it to videotape all firearm and ammunition sales and store them for at least five-years' time.
"It's with tremendous sadness and regret that I have to announce we are closing our shop," detailed a post on the High Arms Facebook page. "It has been a long and difficult ride, but a great pleasure to be your last San Francisco Gun shop." The store was proud of its status as the last place to buy guns, selling shirts that read "San Francisco's Last Gun Shop" for quite some time.
Mark Farrell, the city supervisor who has raised the new proposal to vote, says that even though San Francisco already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, more can be done with gun safety. As reported by SFist, the city is currently on track for "its highest homicide rate in years," mostly due to gun deaths.
Here's High Bridge Arms' goodbye post:
The store is in the process of selling out all of its inventory and will officially close sometime next month.
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