San Francisco Gun Shop Back in Business

Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010  |  Updated 4:30 PM PDT
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San Francisco Gun Shop Back in Business

NBCChicago.com

One of the guns police found.

San Francisco police officials say the city's only gun store will be allowed to resume its five-decade-old business over the objections of some neighborhood residents.

Police officials on Wednesday gave conditional approval to renew a license for High Bridge Arms, which has operated for five decades on Mission Street but shut down when a permit expired in February.

The store has a new owner and a new look.

And after today, it will soon have a new "open" sign out front.  The approval came after more than an hour of public testimony at a permit hearing at police headquarters.

Most of the 14 people who spoke supported allowing the gun store to resume business.

But some neighborhood activists said the business is inappropriate for a residential neighborhood because of fire hazard and possibility of firearms getting in the hands of criminals.
 

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