San Francisco Wants To Record All Firearms Sales, Track Purchasers

Supervisor Mark Farrell.  (Photo: SFGate)

Supervisor Mark Farrell. (Photo: SFGate)

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is pushing a new piece of legislation that, if passed, would require all firearms purchases made in the city to be recorded.

Supervisor Mark Farrell is proposing that after the purchases are recorded, the data must be stored for at least five years and also transmitted to local authorities.

The initiative is a response to an understaffed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and Farrell claims the increased restrictions will help cut down on crime.

“Easy access to guns and ammunition continue to contribute to senseless violent crime here in San Francisco and across the country,” said Farrell. “Even though San Francisco has some of the toughest gun control laws on the book in the country – there is more we can do to protect the public – and we should do everything in our power to give local law enforcement the additional tools they need to prevent crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.”

Of course, many gun enthusiasts find the proposed legislation to be a serious infringement of privacy, including the general manager of the single gun shop in San Francisco.

“It’s a very intrusive law that will accomplish absolutely nothing,” said Steven Alcairo, general manager of High Bridge Arms. “As of right now I would refuse that, unless they brought a subpoena.”

Ferrell’s proposal comes on the heels of the recent murder of Kathryn Steinle, who was fatally shot on Pier 14 by an illegal alien possessing a gun stolen from a federal agent’s car.

Because nothing stops criminals from using stolen guns to commit violent crimes like imposing stricter gun control rules on law-abiding citizens.

(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)

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  • Dale Sievers August 10, 2015, 11:45 am

    That’s right lets make it harder on law abiding citizens and make it easier to confiscate our firearms. How about we make it harder for federal agents they are the ones that had there firearm stolen.

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