San Francisco’s supervisors are considering a new measure that would require gun owners to have a “lock box” in which to store guns while traveling in cars.
The measure is being pushed by Supervisor David Campos, and would apply to law enforcement as well as private citizens.
According to NBC Bay Area, Campos’ measure would require guns that are in cars within city limits to be secured “in lock boxes or locked trunks.” Failure to comply would result in “a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail or a $10,000 fine.”
On November 19, Campos said, “Each stolen gun is capable of unleashing unspeakable suffering and pain in our communities. Securely locking up dangerous weapons is simply common sense.” Campos’ push is supported by San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr, who issued a directive last month that said, “Under no circumstances shall any firearm be left unattended in a vehicle overnight.”
Campos’ gun control push comes after Kathryn Steinle was killed in July with a gun that had been stolen from a federal agent’s car. But it does not deal with the larger problem of having people loose on the streets who ought be in ICE custody or deported from the country altogether.
Moreover, neither Campos nor Suhr explained how a citizen or law enforcement officer in need of a gun for self-defense will find the additional time needed to retrieve it from a lock box or a trunk.
Campos’ ordinance will be presented to a committee hearing on December 3.
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