President Aquino stops by gun store before flight back to PH

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 25, 2014

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – After a four-day working visit to the United States, President Benigno Aquino III had one final stop before getting on his flight back to the Philippines.

A known gun enthusiast, the chief executive visited Peninsula Guns and Tactical in San Bruno, Calif., which is located less than ten minutes away from San Francisco International Airport.

“I understand he was in town on some other business and that he’s an avid shooter, gun enthusiast, so he asked for a gun store and they picked us,” said Jeff Downs, who works at Peninsula Guns.

Jeff Downs assisted the president during his visit to the store.

He said Aquino was not looking to purchase any weapons; rather he was looking for gun accessories.

The president would not have been able to purchase a weapon at that moment because according to California law, there is a minimum ten day waiting period before one can purchase a gun, even for non-U.S. citizens.

“He was really interested in the EO tech optics for rifles,” said Downs. “I guess it’s really hard to get them in the Philippines, so he was able to get them here. Some of his members of his entourage were able to pick up some stuff too.”

According to Downs, President Aquino bought optics, a range bag, eye and ear protection, and a safe.

“He spent a decent amount of money,” said Downs. “I don’t think it would be appropriate to say.”

The leader of the Philippines spent about an hour in the shop browsing the store and talking about guns to the workers.

“He’s a very nice guy,” continued Downs. “He sat there and talked to us for a while and he took some pictures with us. He was very pleasant and very mild mannered, a big enthusiast of firearms – you can tell from by his knowledge, so it was fun.”

Downs is married to a Filipina and posted this picture to social media.

When President Aquino learned of his Filipino ties, he gave Downs a special gift.

“He gave me an iPhone 5 cover, saying ‘it’s more fun in the Philippines,’” said Downs. “I’m going to give this to my mother-in-law because she’ll really enjoy it because she’s from the Philippines.

Downs says he is used to seeing some famous people stop by, but he never thought someone like President Aquino would walk through the doors.

“We get some athletes, professional athletes once in a while, and some local dignitaries, but nobody of a presidential nature like that,” said Down. “It was pretty neat.”

Downs and his co-workers said they enjoyed their surprise visit from President Aquino. They also enjoyed how a leader of a country could be so casual and engaging toward them. Peninsula Guns would love to have the president back the next time he’s in the Bay Area.

Other stops Aquino made include In-N-Out Burger. San Francisco’s also reported that he stopped by Haight Street in the city, where he went record shopping at Amoeba music. He was reportedly seen browsing jazz CDs.

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  • cat_idiot
    26 September 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

    and probably this was the first time you sold out stuff from an abnormal which law prohibits………..