Anti-gun laws and personalities are always in the news, but here are three breaking legal moves that have this cop, citizen and gun owner scratching his head at the shear stupidity.
1. The Los Angeles City Council mandates trigger locks
During the first part of August, it was reported that the Los Angeles City Council advanced an ordinance that would require all handgun owners to do something really stupid: keep them in a locked container or fixed with a trigger at all times in the home. Otherwise, misdemeanor.
How stupid is that? I’ll tell you how stupid it is.
It’s like saying, “Hey bad guys, I won’t have anyway to protect myself when you kick in my door because my gun is locked up. I can’t even carry my gun on my hip in a holster in my own home because that would be illegal, so come break in.”
Like a lot of gun laws, this one is just another failure in trust, but how much is institutional trust really a meaningful factor when we are talking about the lives of grown adults who just want to protect themselves? I trust that responsible gun owners will keep their guns out of the reach of children. I know that these people will keep their weapons locked up anyway (though in a manner that allows for quick access to protect themselves). All this lame ordinance does is legally disarms people in their homes and, rather literally, gives criminals the upper hand.
Oh yeah, and the week before they designed this foolish ordinance, the council also vowed to ban “high-capacity gun magazines” (which are already illegal in California).