San Diego Gun Law: Guns Must be Locked or Disabled in the Home

By Faye Higbee

The “Safe Storage” San Diego Gun Law passed, for the 2nd time out of the 3 required on Monday. It effectively places gun owners in the position of being unable to defend their homes and family from invaders. The law, passed 6-2, requires all guns to be disabled or locked while in the home…even if no minors are present in the household, according to Breitbart. If it passes the third time, it becomes law.

The ordinance sounds so safe… “people who keep firearms in their home to store them in locked containers or disable them with a trigger lock unless the firearm is on their person or in the immediate control of the person so that they can readily retrieve and use the firearm.”

Does that mean if you are a gun owner the only way around the law is to wear it 24/7? The city attorney who proposed it believes it will “stop campus shooters, lower chances of teen suicide and accidental domestic violence.”

What is “accidental domestic violence?” Just asking.

The California Rifle and Pistol club wrote a letter to the council last week, saying that the law was unenforceable and unconstitutional, according to NBC7.

As usual, all of the Democrats on the council voted FOR the San Diego gun law. And it gets better: the gun owners will have to store their weapons in a specific lockbox, not just any one. It will have to be a “Department of Justice-approved lockbox.”

First, the “DOJ approved” simply means it’s a gun safe approved by the DOJ, not a shoe box in your closet. And not just ANY gun safe. They also have to be sent to the State of California for approval as a gun safe. They can run as cheap as $200 to as much as $1800, depending on the size. Just know that this new law is going to be expensive.

California has rules upon rules, so here are the rules for gun safes. As if the DOJ regulations weren’t enough:

California regulations for gun safes are as follows:

Shall be able to fully contain firearms and provide for their secure storage.

Shall have a locking system consisting of at minimum a mechanical or electronic combination lock. The mechanical or electronic combination lock utilized by the safe shall have at least 10,000 possible combinations consisting of a minimum three numbers, letters, or symbols. The lock shall be protected by a case hardened (Rc 60+) drill resistant steel plate, or drill resistant material of equivalent strength.

Boltwork shall consist of a minimum of three steel locking bolts of at least 1/2-inch thickness that intrude from the door of the safe into the body of the safe or from the body of the safe into the door of the safe, which are operated by a separate handle and secured by the lock.

A gun safe shall be capable of repeated use. The exterior walls shall be constructed of a minimum 12-gauge thick steel for a single walled safe, or the sum of the steel walls shall add up to at least 0.100 inches for safes with two walls. Doors shall be constructed of a minimum one layer of 7-gauge steel plate reinforced construction or at least two layers of a minimum 12-gauge steel compound construction.

Door hinges shall be protected to prevent the removal of the door. Protective features include, but are not limited to: hinges not exposed to the outside, interlocking door designs, dead bars, jeweler’s lugs and active or inactive locking bolts.

A gun safe that is able to fully contain firearms and provide for their secure storage, and is certified to/listed as meeting Underwriters Laboratories Residential Security Container rating standards by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

In short, the San Diego gun law endangers homeowners and is a useless, unconstitutional proposal. Will it stop mass shootings? Will it stop teen suicides? Will it stop domestic violence? The answer to all of these is no.