Gun safety law introduced in Sacramento

Bill would change requirements for safely storing firearms in vehicles for law enforcement officers

A bill introduced to the state Senate Tuesday would step up safety measures for handguns left in vehicles by law enforcement, according to state officials.

Senate Bill 869, introduced by state Senator Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, would require law enforcement officers to securely stow any handgun they leave in vehicles.

According to state officials, under current state law peace officers are exempt from the safety requirements for guns left in a car that apply to everyone else.

Senate bill 869 would explicitly require that any person that leaves a handgun in a vehicle must lock the handgun in the vehicle's trunk, or place it in a locked container that is out of plain sight in the vehicle.

"This is a matter of basic public safety and common sense," Senator Hill said in a statement. "My bill would ensure that the requirements for safe gun storage in vehicles are the same for everyone in California — law enforcement officers and civilians."

SB 869 comes in response to two incidents involving guns stolen from law enforcement officer's vehicles last year that left two people dead in San Francisco and Oakland.

Additional incidents of theft of firearms from officer's vehicles include a gun belonging to a Hayward police officer being stolen from a car in Oakland last August, and a gun belonging to the chief of UC Berkeley Police being stolen from her car while she was jogging, also in August.

State officials said a violation would be punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.

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Posted by 38 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 13, 2016 at 10:40 am

While Jerry Hill's proposal makes sense and is motivated by the murder of Kate Steinle by an illegal alien with a felony conviction record who was allowed to freely walk the streets of San Francisco because of its sanctuary city status, it might make sense for him to also support the passage of Kate's Law whereby undocumented aliens who are deported and return to the United States would receive a mandatory five year sentence in a federal penitentiary upon conviction. [Portion removed.]

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Posted by Eileen Wright
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 13, 2016 at 12:20 pm

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Posted by 38 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 13, 2016 at 3:23 pm

[Portion removed.] If it were up to me, once convicted of a felony, they would be booted out of the country and kept out for good. Taxpayers don't need to be supporting the criminal behavior of illegals by providing them with the "benefits" of a correctional facility. Until we get leadership in Washington,DC and California that is willing to enforce immigration laws and really tighten up the border, it probably won't happen. Both sides are complicit in this.

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Posted by 38 year resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 13, 2016 at 4:35 pm

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Two separate issues here.

Gun issues are something that should be fixed.

The fact that the killer was an illegal alien is nothing to do with the gun issue. If it wasn't him, it could just as easily have been a homegrown thief.

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