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CA Governor Signs Law Requiring Officers to Lock Guns in Vehicles

October 01, 2016  | 

Law-enforcement officers and private gun owners will be required to lock up their firearms if they leave them in an unattended vehicle under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown has signed.

The Democratic governor said Monday that he’s signed a bill introduced in response to high-profile thefts from the vehicles of law enforcement officers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SB869 requires that anyone leaving a handgun in a vehicle lock it in the trunk or a locked container out of plain sight, or face a $1,000 fine.

Handguns stolen from law enforcement officers’ cars last year were used in the San Francisco killing of 32-year-old Kate Steinle in July, the Orange County Register reports.

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retired ny boss @ 10/1/2016 7:55 PM

If we left a firearm in a car (absent long arms properly secured in a rack) we did not have to worry about a fine. We had to worry about suspension and/or termination.

Sgt Hartman @ 10/2/2016 9:16 AM

Here's an idea Governor Brown... How about doing something about "Sanctuary cities" like

Sgt Hartman @ 10/2/2016 9:25 AM

Here's an idea Governor Brown... How about doing something about "Sanctuary Cities" in your state such as San Francisco. If the perp who shot Kate Steinle had not been allowed to roam freely in SF in spite of his FIVE prior deportations, he wouldn't have been able to break into a car & steal the weapon in the first place. I'm not giving the Federal Agent who managed to lose his weapon a pass here but the rouge cities run by lib tards who allow illegal aliens to skate around federal immigration laws are at least as responsible for this tragedy.

Sgt. Brown @ 10/3/2016 4:18 AM

Except a long gun, why would you want to leave your last line of defense in the vehicle weather on duty or not.

Sgt. Brown @ 10/3/2016 4:21 AM

Except for a long gun, why would you want to leave your last line of defense in the vehicle, whether on duty or off?

Rick @ 10/3/2016 7:34 AM

In CA, it's hard to get a CCW permit, so most citizens don't carry a concealed firearm. Gov. Brown outlawed the open carry of unloaded firearms, so that isn't an option either. The law in CA is that if the weapon is in the passenger compartment, it must be in a locked container and unloaded, although the ammo may be with the firearm. Otherwise, the firearm can be locked in the trunk, but it also must be unloaded. Unloaded in CA means that the ammo/mag cannot be attached to the weapon in any way. That all being said, this law really applies to only law enforcement and armed security.

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