gun.jpgSan Francisco’s only gun shop is set to re-open but not if a nearby neighborhood group has anything to say about it. High Bridge Arms Inc. had been operating legally out of a small storefront near the intersection of Mission and Valencia since the 1950s but closed at the beginning of the year. Renovations have begun under new management and the only thing standing in their way now is a campaign to deny them a zoning permit.

The Northwest Bernal Alliance has been raising awareness and opposition through an e-mail campaign. Neighbor Jaime Ross told ABC7/KGO that she’d rather see a family friendly business that support the community open up.

Not all neighbors disapprove. Jaimee Greanleaf, a bartender next door to the shop, thinks it’s great they are re-opening because it’s a local business “and there’s always cops around”.

The owner originally closed up shop because it was too much work to stay in business. Back in 2007, SF Weekly ran a piece about the extent of the city’s control on the only gun shop in SF. One employee commented on the new gun control regulations by saying “That’s San Francisco. It’s tough. But, if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.”

The new manager, Steven Alcairo, seems up for the challenge. When asked about the current opposition he said, “They’re there, they’re out there, and that’s fine, it’s their right to be that way, and that’s OK. But they also have to understand it is also my right to commerce and our right to have and own and operate this business legally”.

The permit hearing is scheduled for September 8th. If approved, the owner plans to be back in business before the end of the year.

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  • Soonerdiver

    This is one of the major “faults” with the majority of left coast individuals… everything is fine and exal rights for all until it comes to something like a gun smith operating in their neighborhood.

    The owner is correct in his statement about the neighbors rights, but also about his right to operate his business legally. I see nothing wrong with his business, and as the next door bartender stated, “there are always cops around!”

    Maybe that is the problem that the other neighbors have! Good luck to the owner and I hope he is sucessful in his quest.

  • Soonerdiver

    This is one of the major “faults” with the majority of left coast individuals… everything is fine and exal rights for all until it comes to something like a gun smith operating in their neighborhood.

    The owner is correct in his statement about the neighbors rights, but also about his right to operate his business legally. I see nothing wrong with his business, and as the next door bartender stated, “there are always cops around!”

    Maybe that is the problem that the other neighbors have! Good luck to the owner and I hope he is sucessful in his quest.

  • Paul Currier

    I support this Gun Shop and Responsible Gun Ownership in General. I used to get ammo at the San Francisco Gun Exchange down on Second Street, for use out at the Shooting Range at Sharp Park. It’s a shame that this is the last Gunsmith in the City and County of San Francisco. Every American should know how to assemble, disassemble, clean and maintain firearms. Every home should have weapons and ammo for their weapons. I believe that gun ownership is not only a right in the United States, but is a obligation of citizenship that is just as important as voting.

  • Paul Currier

    I support this Gun Shop and Responsible Gun Ownership in General. I used to get ammo at the San Francisco Gun Exchange down on Second Street, for use out at the Shooting Range at Sharp Park. It’s a shame that this is the last Gunsmith in the City and County of San Francisco. Every American should know how to assemble, disassemble, clean and maintain firearms. Every home should have weapons and ammo for their weapons. I believe that gun ownership is not only a right in the United States, but is a obligation of citizenship that is just as important as voting.

  • DT

    If they want to regulate, only sell ammo at Police Stations.

    I miss the dogs at the SF Gun Exchange. They were all business, no petting.

    Similarly, medical marijuana should be sold only at City government-operated health clinics, with approval for a card provided by the doctors at said clinics.

  • DT

    If they want to regulate, only sell ammo at Police Stations.

    I miss the dogs at the SF Gun Exchange. They were all business, no petting.

    Similarly, medical marijuana should be sold only at City government-operated health clinics, with approval for a card provided by the doctors at said clinics.

  • LittleChickie

    Glad about all the hullabaloo – now I know where to shop in SF! Nothing like publicity, right? Thanks for the heads-up. Usually I just accelerate through SF on my way north but now I have somewhere to stop and shop. Hope they stay open a long time.

  • LittleChickie

    Glad about all the hullabaloo – now I know where to shop in SF! Nothing like publicity, right? Thanks for the heads-up. Usually I just accelerate through SF on my way north but now I have somewhere to stop and shop. Hope they stay open a long time.