Surrender: San Fran’s iconic, last gun shop to close over new regulations

by Hollie McKay |  |  published on September 25, 2015

Ever since it was opened in the 1950s by a celebrated Olympic shooter, High Bridge Arms has been a defiant fixture in San Francisco’s Mission District, but a coming wave of new firearms restrictions has prompted the last gun shop in the liberal City by the Bay to pack it in.

The proposed new city regulations, which could only be aimed at High Bridge Arms, would have required the shop to take and preserve video of all transactions and turn customers’ personal data over to police on a weekly basis. General Manager Steven Alcairo said the shop’s owners finally threw in the towel after years of what they consider being unfairly targeted with burdensome rules and regulations. Past regulations have required the shop to bar ads and displays from its windows and install cameras and barriers around its exterior. The shop has 17 cameras as it is, and turns video over to police on request, he said.

“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.

  • Diane Brenner

    One more chip at the second amendment.

  • tom2

    So Pelosi’s great city now is not only an illegal alien sanctuary. It’s a gun free zone. Hey cretinous predators! Come and get it.

  • John Last

    The abominations known as democrats : the party of baby murderers, freaks, slackers, + socialist trash !

  • USNavyPatriot

    Why isn’t the wave of new firearms restrictions considered an infringement on our right to bear arms? How can #WeThePeople buy arms and ammo if silly city and state governments get away with all these restrictions? Will someone please tell me?


    Sue the city for killing your legal bussiness.

    • mustang6984

      Be a waste of time, effort and money. The entire city is liberal…probably wouldn’t even be able to find an attorney to represent them, and the judges are as bad as the city council.

  • mustang6984

    What can one expect from a city of liberals? After all…they long ago killed off the idea of America in that septic tank of the west.
    Time for another great earthquake or city-wide fire…been too many years since the last cleansing!

  • KDC

    Look on the bright side. Move away and you’ll save yourself from the coming catastrophe that will consume this area. Go to a gun friendly state with God’s blessings, knowing that nothing happens by accident.
    That’s how I would look at it. It’s a shame that these moon bat areas have to make it miserable for people they disagree with.

  • Pam

    This is CLEARLY un-Constitutional. As the ONLY gun shop left, they are being singled out for malicious persecution by the commies running San Fran. They should be able to appeal this, but being in the “Good ol’ 9th Circuit” they know that they wouldn’t stand a chance at a fair hearing. I hope that they just move out of the bay area and take their sales taxes with them to another location.
    If it weren’t for the few good people left out there, I would just say give California to the reconquista/La Raza kooks and let them kill each other off. Let the Hollyweirdos see what life would REALLY be like in a third world hell hole.

    • mustang6984

      That town has been a sewer for decades…and will never get any better. The owners can;t really re-locate…no where in that entire county to go to. But they COULD follow Toyota of America…and move to Texas! Seems to be the trend amongst Califckya businesses these days…LEAVING!

  • teaman

    Hey thugs, what are you waiting for? Here is your chance! Move to San Fran, Californication! The door is wide open for all of your plundering!

    • KDC

      The land of fruit and nuts. I heard that the other day. Too funny.

      • J_R_K

        I believe that’s fruits, nuts and flakes.

        • mustang6984

          Actually the saying is that ‘Frisco is full of fruits and nuts. I had the misfortune to live in Califckya for 4 years…after leaving my home state..the great Republic of Texas!
          Funny thing about that saying…first heard it while I was living in San Diego. Seems there isn’t much respect for the land fo fruits and nuts down there either.

          • J_R_K

            the first time I heard it was from my brother, who was living in San Diego at the time. He tole me it was fruits, nuts and flakes. Maybe he ad libbed a bit.

          • mustang6984

            Yea, it’s been “fruits & nuts” for as long as I can remember..60+ years now. But people are always trying to make it even more definitive.
            Your brother is correct too…bottom line the city should just burn down…and take it’s occupants with it.

          • J_R_K

            I’d like to share a bit of humor between myself and my brother;

            We both grew up in Texas. At the time this happened, he had been in California for 20 years and I had been in Kansas for 20 years.

            It happened when Bill Clinton was trying to lift the ban on homosexuality in the Military. He commented that there have always been homosexuals in the military. I commented to him that it was the homosexuals who made the whole thing an issue. I mean, back in the 70’s when I was in the army, yes, I smoked some dope, but it never became a problem because, unlike the homosexuals, I didn’t thumb my nose at the first sergeant, the company commander and the president of the United States and dare them to do something about it.

            Then he said to me “Don’t you think that homosexuals have the same right to take a bullet for their country that you do?” What I did not say to my brother is “That’s just about the dumbest damn thing I ever heard” What I actually said to him was this: “Taking a bullet for your country is not a right or a privilege, it’s a necessary evil at it’s very best. But, if you happen to know any homosexuals out there in California who feel like they’ve been cheated out of a bullet, send them to Kansas, maybe someone will tighten them up.” Of course, I was not being serious. I was answering a stupid contention with a stupid answer.. but the irony of that went right over his head.

            He said “That’s your problem! You’ve been living out there in fly over country so long that you’ve lost touch with real life! You should move out here to California, get to know some real people and get in touch with real life!” (another less than intelligent comment) To which I responded by asking him this question: “If you take two boys out of Texas and put one of them in California for 20 years and the other one in Kansas for twenty years, do you know the difference in those two boys 20 years later?” and he said “No, what’s the difference?” and I said “The one in Kansas can still recognize what the bull drops on the prairie no matter how much perfume you use or how you wrap it up like a gift”.

            To this day he’s still telling my how happy he is that he doesn’t have to live in my world and I tell him how happy I am to be getting old, hoping to die of old age just before the good ship America goes down.

          • mustang6984

            Your brother sounds like his brain has rusted away in all that salt air.

            Taking a bullet is a pretty stupid thing to do..especially for your country. SMART people make sure the OTHER guy takes the bullet…the one YOU are sending him!

            The perverts and the liberal are ruining the country. And pushing us closer to the day when there may damn well be 3 countries where one now sits…one BIG red country in the south and mid-west…and two small ones on the west coast and in the upper northeast. Given that the big one in the mid-west and south have the bulk of the natural resources…and military bases…and provides the bulk of the military bodies…the other two…are gonna be cold, walking a lot and unprotected…and hungry!

          • J_R_K

            I have fun with my brother. For all his faults in logic, I have to say that he is probably the most decent liberal I’ve ever met. he is 64 now and I have never heard him say a curse word or angry word at any one in his life.

            But, politics isn’t the only way I have fun with him. He was a dance instructor in the San Diego area. One time he was bragging and said “Do you know how many women I can pick up by being a dance instructor?” and I said “About 1 quarter as many as I can pick up by telling them I don’t know how to dance.”

            He didn’t get that one either. My experience is that as much as women enjoy dancing with a man whose good at it, they don’t enjoy that half as much as they do making it their mission in life to teach some poor “fool” how to dance.

          • mustang6984

            I’d say you probably won that one…the dance thing. But I can out do both of you! LOL!!!

            I have a nice car…(actually a few of them) and a boat…and I am retired and my time is my own! LOL!!! PLUS…I don’t know how to dance!

            But…sadly…I currently live in a town with some pretty nasty looking women for the most part…small and everyone knows everyone…AND it is in a liberal state. Hope to be out of here before too long..and back to where people are a lot smarter than this place.

          • J_R_K

            You’re not outdoing anybody. Your hands are tied by the size of the town you live in a liberal state … two things that make your business everybody’s business. As Jeff Dunham would say, all you can do is run to the end of your chain and bark. My brother brags a bit, but he’s been with the same woman for years now so he’s not really competing, and nether am I. We are both also retired. I have a nice car, a cruiser motorcycle and a sweet heart so I don’t actually compete either.

            You think there’s any chance that all three of us have figured out that having peace of mind is better than having piece of … well… you know. There is more freedom to be had in the right chains than in a world of competition that, in the end, nobody ever really wins.


          • mustang6984

            True enough. My primary focus these days…getting set up to get out of this place. I have had my fill of living around people who want to know more than they need to about me..and want to tax me into and beyond the grave.

            Dunham is a funny guy. I like his crusty old man puppet the best!

  • reggie

    How inconvenient. Guess the bad boys will just have to track down Eric Holder. Everyone else will have to resort to stones, cars and knives to protect him/herself. Or, time to turn the shop into a Karate School. Even better, sell it to an illegal.

  • J_R_K

    So, which group of communist oppressors owns San Francisco? Chinese, Russian or American?

    • mustang6984

      A collection of the above…well..sort of. The American part might be up for debate.

      • J_R_K

        Ever heard of the ACLU (American Communist Lawyers Union)? Look up their history, see who founded them and why.

        • mustang6984

          Look them up? No thanks. I have learned all I need to know about that bunch of Anti-American morons in my 60+ years on this earth.

          • J_R_K

            Well, I’m not just saying it to be facetious. They actually do have communist origins.

          • mustang6984

            Given the drivel I’ve seen come from that bunch over the last 50+ decades…I cannot be surprised. Can you? Or any other sensible person on this earth?

          • J_R_K

            Unfortunately, sensibility (common sense) is being ‘progressively’ assassinated and outlawed by communist inspired ‘political correctness’. The ACLU is the primary enforcer of the unconstitutional laws and violations of the American spirit that has done much of the dirty work.

          • mustang6984

            Yep…pretty much. And at some point…there is gonna be “push-back” and that is going to benefit the more conservative ilk…and cause a lot of pain for the rest.

      • pegasus514

        how about liberal americans?

        • mustang6984

          More and more as we see the direction of liberals in this country, and their tendency to move away from what MADE this country great…I doubt there is such a qualification as a “liberal American”.

    • john

      This is bullshit, we need to Boycott anything San Francisco.

      • pegasus514

        yes, john, yes. i have not eaten a hershey bar, nor purchased a chevy nor a ford. i love boycotting bastards like this. especially san fran. other than NY cannot recall a more liberal city. the taxpayers pay, the liberals give it away to………….illegals……muslims…..felons……..junkies…….. as a taxpayer ever trying getting any benefits from the govt. hahahahahaha. that was a joke. ya know ya make too much money. ever been to a welfare office? Not 1 white face on staff. odd huh? but, whoops almost forgot, WHITEY is racist.

      • mustang6984

        Been doing that myself for over 3 decades. This proves I have been right…and that now…others are beginning to catch up to me!

    • Eric

      Well Chinese own pretty much the whole Seattle area and these Queers in San Fran need to take time from sucking each other and their Rainbow Parties and go to the Polls and vote the Communist politicians out!!!

      • J_R_K

        I wouldn’t hold my breath, for two reasons: first, because every gain the LGBT has made in America, they made by utilizing communist tactics and second, because the communist are masters of dividing people and assigning them to protected, specially privileged groups. That’s the whole heart and soul of communism. What Putin says against homosexuality he is saying primarily because it presents him with the opportunity to criticize our country. Suffice it to say that American homosexuals, even the ones who don’t know it, love communism. Without it and the tactics it employs, they wouldn’t have a leg to stand on in this country. The whole LGBT thing in America has grown in direct proportion to and parallel with the influence of socialists and communists in America… as have many evil things in our country. It all falls under the heading of “politically correct” .. the opposite of which is considered by the left to be ‘thought crime’.

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