San Francisco has gun storage laws, a hollow point ammunition ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, and a surge in shooting victims that has now hit a six-year high.
In fact, while many types of crime have fallen in San Francisco, gun crimes have have surged.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Property crimes fell 11 percent in San Francisco, from 53,291 reported cases in 2015 to 47,658 in 2016.” Reported thefts, burglaries, arson, and stolen vehicles also decreased. But firearm-related murders for 2016 surged 15 percent over 2015 figures and the number of shooting victims in 2016 increased 27 percent over 2015.
This surge was predicted when the “high capacity” magazine ban was being pushed–and ultimately adopted–in 2013. On November 21, 2013, ABC News 7 quoted San Francisco Veterans Police Officers Association’s Larry Barsetti saying, “All you’re doing is impacting honest law-abiding citizens of San Francisco; the bad guys aren’t going to obey this law; they’re not supposed to be carrying in the first place.”
Baltimore, Maryland, has gun controls similar to those in San Francisco, including a ban on “high capacity” magazines. And on May 1, 2017, Breitbart News reported that Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) was asking the FBI to intervene and stem the surging murder rate.
Like San Francisco, the city of Baltimore enacted its “high capacity” magazine ban in 2013; criminal use of said magazines then rose in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Moreover, Baltimore witnessed a record number of murders–344–in 2015. They witnessed their second highest number of murders–318–in 2016.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.