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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

San Francisco’s Last Gun Shop Shuts Down

High Bridge Arms was opened in 1952 by renowned Olympic shooter Bob Chow. For 63 years, the San Francisco gun shop was a fixture in the city’s Mission District. Last Friday, the store closed its doors for the final time.

High Bridge Arms was the latest casualty in a city determined to make strict gun control the law of the land. Already encumbered by laws regulating everything from magazine capacity to store advertising, owner Andy Takahashi drew the line at a new ordinance that would force High Bridge Arms to videotape all purchases and provide San Francisco Police Department with buyers’ names, addresses and driver’s license numbers. 

“Just the idea of giving that information willingly to the police department, for no real reason, seemed very unreasonable to me,” said Steven Alcairo, High Bridge Arms general manager. With the store now closed, not a single gun store exists within city limits.


Duct Tape Can’t Fix This Mandate

New Jersey just can’t let the “smart gun” mandate die. The original legislation called for all guns sold in the state to be limited to authorized-user-only types within three years of a first example becoming available. When the Armatix iP1 appeared briefly last year, it looked as though that clock would start ticking. 

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg has concluded (after 13 years) that the law is actually stifling the technology and is offering a new version: The three-year fuse now attaches to offering a smart gun for sale in all Garden State gun shops once a working sample reaches the market. 

We’ve shot the iP1 (very few have—we’ll tell you about it here soon), and are perfectly content to let the market decide. But the real point is that gun owners (and the NRA) are against mandates, not technology.


Hillary Clinton TV Ad: Let’s Come Together In Support Of Ineffective Policy

No longer content to confine her misguided gun-control views to the podium, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has taken to the airwaves. Clinton’s new television ad—a minimalist 30-second spot titled “Together,” airing in Iowa and New Hampshire—sees Clinton intoning ominously, “We’re better than this. We need to close the loopholes and support universal background checks. How many people need to die before we actually act—before we come together as a nation?” 

Music and visuals aren’t all that’s missing from Clinton’s ad. Also absent is any explanation of how forcing law-abiding people to jump through hoops to obtain firearms will have any effect on crime. When you consider that even Clinton knows most criminals won’t dutifully stand in line for background checks, it becomes clear who she’s actually targeting. 

Perhaps it’s coincidence that this ad was announced almost exactly a month after she vowed to take on NRA … but we doubt it.

Hillary Clinton: Strange Way To Address Gun Violence

It’s interesting that Hillary Clinton would meet with the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown in the name of “gun violence.”

“Grateful to spend time today with mothers who have lost a child to violence and turned their grief into a national call to action,” Clinton tweeted. Interestingly, neither death meets any traditional definition of “gun violence.” Brown was killed after attempting to take police officer Darren Wilson’s gun from him, then charging him. Martin was killed while banging neighborhood watch participant George Zimmerman’s head against a sidewalk. A grand jury elected not to charge Wilson, and Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury of his peers.

Even worse, Huffington Post readers will never know those truths. In its report on the Clinton meeting, the author wrote: “Brown, 18, was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson last year in Ferguson, Mo, after a scuffle. In 2012, Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a Florida neighbor of his father’s fiancée, for appearing ‘suspicious.’”


“Mike The Gun Guy” Aims At NRA ... And Shoots Himself In The Foot ... Again

In a barefaced and ultimately botched attempt to smear the NRA as “racist”—and thereby divert attention from President Barack Obama’s refusal to enforce federal laws against armed criminals—Huffington Post’s Mike “the Gun Guy” Weisser attacked NRA’s recent response to Obama’s gun-control grandstanding in Chicago (pointing to an error that wasn’t an error), and defended Obama’s gutting of federal gun prosecutions to the lowest levels in a decade, while shootings and murders in the Windy City skyrocket.

Drawing a distinction without a difference, Weisser claimed that in the NRA video, “the picture of ‘Darius Brown’ is actually a picture of Jamal Streeter.” That’s not only incorrect—the picture was of De’Eris Brown, just as NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said, even if Weisser can’t spell—but it’s also irrelevant: The man Weisser inaccurately claimed was in the picture, Terrance Jamal Streeter, was also an armed criminal freed by the system.


San Antonio Robbery Suspects Shot

A San Antonio man shot two suspects accused of robbing his girlfriend in front of her apartment Sunday night. Just before midnight, two men approached the woman outside her apartment and robbed her at gunpoint. The suspects then fled on foot while the woman ran to her boyfriend, who was sitting inside a nearby car. According to police, he then grabbed a handgun and chased after the two men. One of the men turned around to confront him, prompting him to fire multiple shots, hitting one in the shoulder and one in the leg. 

A short time later, investigators found the suspects lying on the sidewalk—however, they claimed to be robbery victims from the shooting. The suspects were taken to University Hospital for treatment and are expected to recover from their wounds. The boyfriend is not expected to face criminal charges, but the robbery suspects will face charges of aggravated robbery.


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