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Bill Would Require Calif. Gun Owners to Safely Lock, Store Firearms

Aired 5/29/13 on KPBS News.

The California Senate has narrowly approved a bill that would require gun owners to lock and store their firearms safely before leaving their property.

The California Senate has narrowly approved a bill that would require gun owners to lock and store their firearms safely before leaving their property.

Democratic Senator Leland Yee said his measure would reduce unintended injuries to children.

"A gun is left on a dresser, a kitchen table, and the responsible adult is not there. And somehow a child picks it up, plays with it, and does harm to him- or herself," Yee explained.

But Republican Senator Tom Berryhill said the bill is neither practical nor well thought-out.

"A homeowner who leaves a firearm on a kitchen table that owns 1,000 acres could go for a three-hour walk on his property while not violating one provision of this bill," Berryhill said. "But the average citizen who lives in a subdivision can't even walk across the street and back without being in violation."

The measure passed 21 to 17. It now moves to the Assembly

Comments

Avatar for user 'muckapoo1'

muckapoo1 | May 29, 2013 at 11:43 a.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

And the nanny state continues to pass laws that it will never be able to enforce. The only way a violation of this law will be noticed, will be if the police "trip" over a weapon at an already existing crime scene. More erosion of our freedoms for the "sake of the children" mantra.

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CaliforniaDefender | May 29, 2013 at 1:19 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

KPBS,

Could you please include the bill number for easier reference (on all articles)?

For those searching for the bill it is SB 108.

Muckapoo,

Not necessarily. What about a maid or babysitter who is unhappy with their pay? They could easily take a picture and turn you in. Anyone who comes to your house, cable guy, plumber, Jehovah's Witness, etc, could turn you in.

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muckapoo1 | May 29, 2013 at 6:34 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Defender, if I leave my house, none of those folks will be entering. This whole thing is bogus. Lawmakers just feeling like they have accomplished something. They would be better off tending to cutting the budget.

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JeanMarc | May 29, 2013 at 10:50 p.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Looks like another worthless, utterly ineffectual law that might make a few leftists feel good. I wonder how much the gun safe manufacturers lobbied for this law to pass.

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benz72 | May 30, 2013 at 7:34 a.m. ― 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Exactly what problem is this trying to solve? Is there a rash of child access issues that would be rectified by this measure?

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