In response to that study, Dr. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said passing such laws, “scare law-abiding homeowners into either not owning guns or into locking up their guns so that most guns are not going to be readily accessible for people to use defensibly.”
Legislators in California and Washington State are championing efforts to pass new laws mandating gun owners secure their firearms when not in use.
The proposed measures, one introduced by Los Angeles City Council members, the other by Washington State Rep. Ruth Kagi (D), both would make it a crime to leave a firearm where a child could find it.
“Requiring gun owners to lock up their firearms and store them safely will prevent needless accidents and tragedies. This sensible step will keep our schools and children safe,” LA Councilman Paul Krekorian (D) told local media. Krekorian authored the bill, which already has the backing of a half-dozen other members.
The proposed Los Angeles ordinance, which goes further than current state gun safety requirements, is similar to one adopted in San Francisco according to Krekorian in a post to his social media account. It comes on the heels of a controversial statewide ballot referendum passed earlier this month that reduced penalties for most cases of gun theft from a felony to a non-arrestable misdemeanor.
“Responsible gun owners shouldn’t be impacted in the least,” Krekorian said.