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San Francisco’s Only Gun Store to Keep Permit

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) _ San Francisco police officials on Wednesday gave provisional approval to the city’s only gun store, which will be allowed to resume its five-decade-old business.

The approval for High Bridge Arms on Mission Street came after more than an hour of testimony, but not everyone was on board.

“The reason we’re opposed to this permit is because a store selling firearms and accessories adds nothing to the vibrancy of this strip of Mission Street we’ve all worked so hard to create,” said resident Jaime Ross.

Other concerns brought up in the meeting included attracting a criminal element and the danger of a potential fire.

The store shut down in February when its permit expired. The landlord was planning to convert the building into office space, but the city denied that permit.

“He has all the proper permits. He has complied with all the codes,” said San Francisco Police Officer Louis Casanego.

The three person panel that approved the retail permit said opponents of High Bridge Arms failed to offer enough evidence that showed the store brought crime to the neighborhood.

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