San Diego City Council: Guns Must Be Locked or Disabled in Homes

HAMBURG, PA - SEPTEMBER 17: Bob Colden places gun locks on guns for sale at Cabela's September 17, 2003 in Hamburg, Pennsylvania. Cabela's 250,000 square foot first retail outlet on the east coast features a 55,000 gallon walk through aquarium, a 30-foot-tall conservation mountain with game trophies in their own …
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The San Diego City Council voted six to two Monday for an ordinance saying gun owners must lock up their firearms or disable them in the home.

Fox 5 reports that the council’s six Democrat members all voted for the gun control, which is designed to force firearms to be locked up or be disabled even if no minors are present in the home.

ABC 10 reports that gun owners cannot legally store their firearms in just any lockbox, but they must be in a “Department of Justice-approved lockbox.” No indication was given for how much a DOJ approved lockbox will cost.

Opponents of the ordinance pointed out that locking up a gun or disabling it necessarily adds to the time necessary to have a given firearm ready for a self-defense situation. NBC 7 reports that “the California Rifle and Pistol Association wrote a letter to the council last week, saying the ordinance is not enforceable, unconstitutional.”

The  San Diego County Gun Owners PAC contended that the ordinance eliminated the exercise of “choice” in one’s own home.

Monday’s vote was the second of three on the gun storage measure. One more vote will be necessary to pass the gun control ordinance.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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