Mercury News: San Jose Could Require Gun Owners to Lock Firearms at Home when They’re Away

Because a gun lock will somehow deter a criminal…

Via Mercury News:

Gun owners in the city may have to lock up their firearms when they’re not at home under a proposal a City Council committee considered Wednesday that the police chief said could be enacted by next winter.

City Councilmen Ash Kalra and Raul Peralez had proposed that rule — believed to be a first of its kind for a big city — as part of a “gun violence prevention” ordinance in San Jose. State law requires gun owners to keep firearms locked up if they have children in the house.

“There is no intention to limit one’s ability to own a gun,” Kalra said. “It’s about securing firearms from getting into the wrong hands — whether it’s a burglar or a child that’s left unattended at home.”

The council’s Rules and Open Government Committee, chaired by Mayor Sam Liccardo, voted unanimously Wednesday to forward the proposed law requiring gun owners to lock up their firearms when not at home to the full City Council for consideration.

Gun owners called the proposed rules “ludicrous” and an infringement on their Second Amendment rights.

Dan Newton said his gun was stolen in a burglary not long ago. He reported it within two hours.

“I don’t see how adding these additional encumbrances on me as a legal gun owner will solve anything,” he said Wednesday. “If criminals are going to get a gun, they’re going to get a gun.”

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