Via the Times-Standard: 

On Wednesday evening, all five Arcata City Council members voiced support for having a law requiring guns be locked and unloaded when stored within city limits. They directed city staff to further research and draft an ordinance for their consideration.

“This item came up at public comment at your May 2, 2018, meeting and members of the public requested that the council consider passing an ordinance that would require, within the city of Arcata, firearms to be unloaded and stored in lockers or safes,” Arcata City Manager Karen Diemer said.

The Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy freshmen Olivia Joachim and Eva Swartz, who brought the idea up earlier this month, also attended Wednesday’s meeting.

“The practices of keeping firearms locked, unloaded and storing ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms serves as protective measures that reduce youth suicide and unintentional injury in homes of children and teenagers where guns are stored,” Swartz said.

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