CA City Leader Pushes Mandate to Lock or Disable All Rifles, Shotguns in Home

Rifle in the Home JOHN MACDONALD AP

On March 1 San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell (D) introduced an expansion to city’s gun storage mandate for handguns that would require all rifles and shotguns be locked away or disabled in the home as well.

The push to lock up guns gained momentum after a June 8, 2015 decision in which the Supreme Court of the United States let San Francisco’s handgun storage requirement stand. Democrat council members in Albany, New York reacted to the news by pushing gun storage requirements in their city and, more recently, a mandate for gun storage was pushed in Washington state.

Back in San Francisco, Farrell wants to expand the city’s handgun mandate so as to include rifles and shotguns.

According to, Farrell tried to justify expanding gun storage by suggesting it is simply part of what the city owes “families and children” in San Francisco. He said supervisors must “be as aggressive as possible” in moving gun control, equating gun laws with the promotion of “public safety.”

Farrell did not explain how San Francisco families will defend themselves if all types of guns–handguns and long guns–are forced to be locked or disabled in the home.

In October, Breitbart News reported that High Bridge Arms–the last gun store in San Francisco–closed because of the continued, incremental gun control push in the city. The measure that ultimately caused High Bridge Arms to shut down was Farrell’s call for videotaping of all gun sales. In addition to the hassle of requiring the set up of recording equipment for videotaping, SFist reported that Farrell’s proposal would have also mandated “that all gun and ammunition buyers’ names, birthdates, addresses and driver’s license numbers be supplied to the San Francisco Police Department.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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