ATF records show how 6 Northern California gun shops ran afoul of the law

ATF records show how 6 Northern California gun shops ran afoul of the law

The owner of High Bridge Arms didn’t publicly offer a reason for shuttering San Francisco’s last gun shop in late 2015, but the move was widely viewed as a symbol of political defeat. In one of the most liberal cities in the country, and with increasingly burdensome state gun laws, the business of selling firearms had apparently become too exhausting. At the time, then-Supervisor Mark Farrell had just proposed an ordinance that would add more oversight on gun and ammunition sales. “From my perspective, if the last gun store in San Francisco wants to close its doors because of my legislation, so be it,” he said in an October 2015 interview. But records recently released by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives show there’s more to the story than many — including Farrell, now San Francisco’s mayor — realized. Just months before the closure, ATF officials found that High Bridge Arms had violated 10 federal gun laws, including for allegedly selling a firearm to a prohibited possessor and failing to record the sales of 71 guns. An ATF operations director agreed it was best to revoke the dealer’s license “due to the numerous, repeated serious violations of the Gun Control Act.” The report was part of a trove of documents recently released to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence after the advocacy group sued the ATF for records. The Brady Campaign shared the reports with The Chronicle. The Brady Campaign has not yet received all […]

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