San Diego City Council
Passes Overreaching Regulation
It is unfortunate, but this afternoon, the City of San Diego did pass a very overreaching firearms storage law that will affect all residents of the City of San Diego. The vote was 6 to 2 in favor of passing the proposal into law.
San Diego County Gun Owners PAC met with council members, attended committee meetings, rallied residents of the City of San Diego to make statements, showed up at the City Council meeting, brought it to the attention of media, and did all we could to stop the law from passing. Unfortunately, the current makeup of the San Diego City Council was too much to overcome.
But it's not all bad news. Through activism and hard work, City Attorney's office changed the penalty to potentially be an infraction rather than a misdemeanor. This is an important move. A misdemeanor involving firearms is potentially devastating to gun owners that could result in incarceration, the loss of rights, or the end of a career. An "infraction" is not as serious (think speeding ticket or jaywalking). Although we are proud that we were able to make an important change, this is still a horrible overreach and we completely disagree with its passing.
The law now requires all residents of the City of San Diego to store their firearms locked, inside a safe, or otherwise inoperable inside their house unless they are touching the firearm or "in control". It is very vague and left a lot undefined. Once it is fully written and approved, we will send out the details.
Although we lost this one, SDCGO is proud to have brought this unconstitutional law to the attention of the Second Amendment community and worked hard to engage with the city council members.
Thank you to all the SDCGO members for attending! There were so many great statements by so many great gun owners. Let this not discourage, but rather let it strengthen your resolve. While other flee and complain; you continue to work hard. We are just around the corner from another election and SDCGO is going to need your help getting the right people elected so this kind of thing never happens again.
Thank you all for your support and help.
Together, We Will Win!
-SDCGO Board and Staff