February 23, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The illegal alien sanctuary state is making a move to require video surveillance of gun stores including all purchases and parking lots as well as limit Federal Firearms Licensed dealers
Anti-gun crusader and City Councilman Kevin McCarty said he and City Councilman Rob Fong will ask staff to look into an ordinance that would require a conditional use permit for any new gun store within city limits.
“As a local elected official, I authored successful measures to crack down on illegal gun and ammunition sales,” said McCarty in a statement. “As a State Assembly member, I am proud to author AB 2459, which I believe will have a strong impact statewide in the effort to keep guns out of the wrong hands.”
“We’re just looking at a little more hurdles,” he said. “It’s not a flat-out ban. They could still do it, but this would give people the ability to come to public hearings.
McCarty’s latest proposal would prohibit a firearms dealer from operating from a building zoned as a residence, require them to carry $1 million in liability and theft insurance, and mandate extensive video surveillance requirements. This would include recording every firearm or ammunition transfer, everywhere guns or ammo are stored or handed, the exterior of the business, and all parking areas.
But Gene Hoffman, chairman of the Calguns Foundation, a California-based Second Amendment advocacy group, said it walks a thin line, at best.
“The simple question is can you place a bookstore there?” Hoffman said Thursday. “If you can place a bookstore there, you can place a gun store there. Otherwise it’s a violation of the Second Amendment.”
He added that banning a gun store would be just as much a violation of the Second Amendment as a whites-only diner would be a violation of the equal protections granted under the 14th Amendment.
Similar requirements proposed in San Francisco led to the closure of the last gun shop in that city in 2015 that left lawmakers who backed the new guidelines unapologetic.
“So be it if our last remaining shop closed down here in San Francisco,” said Supervisor Katy Tang at the time. “I think that our city will be better for that.”
Gun shop owners are already cautious of the new statewide proposal.
“Forcing a patron to feel like they are being recorded or what they’re doing is under a microscope, who’s already a law-abiding citizen, I don’t think it’s the right way to go,” Chris Lapinski, the owner of Last Stand Readiness and Tactical, told KXTV.
“A key component of the bill is the requirement to videotape all gun sales,” said Amanda Wilcox with the Brady Campaign. “This would undoubtedly deter straw purchasers, those customers who buy guns for other people who cannot pass a background check. The bill furthers our goal of keeping guns out of dangerous hands and disrupting the flow of crime guns into California communities.”
Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation believes
“We oppose this bill for the simple reason it will do nothing to stop criminals from illegally obtaining firearms. “Taping a customer lawfully purchasing a firearm after a background check does nothing to assist law enforcement. Straw purchases are already illegal and, according to studies, rarely the way criminals obtain guns,” he said. “If a store wants to install its own taping system that should be their decision. But a mandate would be very costly for smaller retailers and could cause some to close thereby eliminating jobs in the process.”
The measure is set to be heard in committee on March 22.