SF’s Law Enforcement-Inspired Safe Storage Law Has Law Enforcement Carve-Out

SF SWAT (courtesy prisonplanet.com)

“San Francisco added a new gun control law to the books Tuesday by mandating storage requirements for firearms left in unattended vehicles,” sfexaminer.com reports. “Gun owners will have to ensure, if they leave their firearms behind in their parked cars, the weapons are in trunks inaccessible from inside the vehicle or in lock boxes affixed to the vehicle.” If’n they don’t, “Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor, spend up to six months in jail and pay a $10,000 fine.” Check out the genesis of this “blame the victim” gun control law . . .

Supervisor David Campos introduced the law in the aftermath of the July shooting death of Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 with a gun stolen from a federal agent’s vehicle. In October, three drifters allegedly stole a firearm from a tourist’s parked car and used it to fatally shoot a woman in Golden Gate Park and a man in Marin County.

“Here in the Bay Area, we have seen examples where guns have ended up in the wrong hands [and] lead to tragic outcomes,” Campos said.

What Campos doesn’t mention is that the cop’s gun loss wasn’t exactly a black swan event, as nbcbayarea.com reported back in November:

An NBC Bay Area investigation into the loss and theft of police firearms uncovered more than 500 weapons have gone missing from eight different law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and six local departments since 2010.

And here’s the best bit of all [back to sfexaminer.com]:

The law exempts local law enforcement if they have policies of their own. The law would not apply to on–duty law enforcement from outside jurisdictions.

As John McEnroe would say, you cannot be serious! They are, although the words hypocritical, ludicrous, mendacious and unconstitutional also apply.


  1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Just when you think you understand the definition of hypocritical, along comes a new low.

  2. avatar Bob R says:

    Always remember that the police are just as much a part of the government as mayors and senators. Based on their actions, it is safe to conclude that the government considers themselves an elite class of individuals and everyone else (you and me) are peons.

    1. avatar Stuki Moi says:

      Most everyone is given to some level of self aggrandizement. What is truly unprecedented, is how many “you and me’s” have been successfully indoctrinated to go along with the idiocy.

    2. avatar Mr. 308 says:

      Better word is subject and this has been the case for a very long time.

  3. avatar PeterW says:

    The most common way police weapons get lost is they are left on the trunk of the cruiser and the officer goes to lunch, with or without the car being moved, and ‘gun faeries’ fly away with the bag full of guns.
    Just recently in soCal a LEO lost an AR-15, left it on the trunk. A couple months ago a beanbag shotgun was left in a similar situation and also “lost”
    If we are going to prosecute negligence on the part of the public, the civilian law enforcement (aka also ‘the public’) need to be held accountable 100% to the law they are assigned to ‘uphold’.


  4. avatar alexander says:

    I would recommend that they should also enact a law requiring all citizens (in the case of SF – male and female) to wear chastity belts to protect the rape victims…

  5. avatar SuperG says:

    I knew a federal agent, who worked in S.F., who had his gun stolen from his vehicle twice.

    1. avatar california richard says:

      It happens all the time in san francisco… The feds and CHP get short barrel shotguns, machineguns, armor, etc stolen out of their cars on a regular basis.

      The SF law is just a mirror law that the state already has on the books. Nobody gets arrested for the law. Its government saber rattling. With recent court decisions coming down in favor of 2a rights the tyrants are doubling down out here and it sucks all around.

      And those SWAT guys sitting on the back of the fire truck arent san francisco cops. It may have been taken in san francisco, but they could also just be actors on a movie/tv set.

  6. avatar Mk10108 says:

    THE TRIAD STRIKES AGAIN. Kate was murdered with an LEO’s gun. Let’s make a rule against leaving gun unsecured. Then exempt the LEO’s from complying.

    Worst they honor criminals


  7. avatar Bob R says:

    I think most of the 500 guns lost were stolen by cops.

    1. avatar CRF says:

      But at least they’re being stored safely… At home in their personal safe.

  8. avatar MrB-inTX. says:

    Just when you think you — may have read it all — along comes something so UFB that it just couldn’t be real.
    Then you realize it’s from one our illustrious state governmental bodies. And I wonder just who is worse….
    those whom were elected — or those who did the electing??

  9. avatar Ralph says:

    This is not unusual. IIRC, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Test has a law enforcement carve-out and a politician carve-out too.

  10. avatar Sian says:

    Because of course it’s going to have a carveout.

    Statists gonna state.

  11. avatar Almost Esq. says:

    Some animals are more equal than others. Especially pigs…

  12. avatar Jjimmyjonga says:

    My head hurts

    1. avatar Mark N. says:

      Take two Tylenol suppositories and call me in the morning.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        He’s in eastern Europe, he can get codeine over-the-counter there…

  13. avatar Hannibal says:

    Makes no sense. Modern police use good locking devices to secure weapons in vehicles. Non-LEOs using the same equipment should be fine.

    They don’t want you to carry your gun, they don’t want you to have it in your car, and you better believe they don’t want you to have easy access to it in your home… what’s that about ‘bearing’ arms again?

  14. avatar Mk10108 says:

    Ink on paper….yeah that’ll fix it.

  15. avatar PeterW says:

    No background check: Stolen police gun used to shoot Philly …
    Police guns stolen again from cop car parked overnight in …
    Confessed Shooter Used Stolen Police Gun to Shoot Officer in …
    Gun stolen from Memphis police officer after he leaves it in …
    Police: Gun stolen from US agent used to kill Oakland artist
    Another law enforcement officer gun stolen, this time in …
    Stolen Flint police guns used in crimes around Michigan …
    Guns, uniforms stolen from Maine State Police trooper’s home
    Police: Hartford Officer’s Gun Stolen From His…
    [actual headlines]

    Obviously there is a ‘LEO carvout’ nationwide

  16. avatar More Dead Soldiers says:

    Waiting for cops to quit over this blatantly unequal application of the law in 3…2…1…

  17. avatar gs650g says:

    Secret service agent lost his gun,badge, and data drive a block from the white house. Left the special bag in a soft top jeep. He should face jail time like the rest of us.

  18. avatar JasonM says:

    And even better: how many cars have a remote trunk release in the cabin? Getting into the trunk of a car (where most crooks know the valuables are) only takes a few extra seconds to pull the lever.
    This law, like every other “gun safety” law, does nothing more than increase the hassle to buy, own, or carry a gun.

    1. avatar Kyle Gouge says:

      I think when they refer to trunk in the article they are referring to a sort of lockable box or chest rather than the trunk or boot of the car (as Europeans would call it). Not saying this to go against you in your statement about the article, I just wanted to make sure you understood what is actually being implied. Thus the statement for the lockable space attached to the car in the same part. I could be wrong though

  19. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    I want to see someone push a law in these states that ends carve outs for LEOs on this sort of stuff. I’m not sure it would change a lot, but it would certainly change attitudes about what gets allowed and not. I mean, imagine if California PD guns had to have microstamping for instance.

    1. avatar Mr. 308 says:

      Yea but, police unions, bribery, statist agenda, compliant public, general corruption, and power (they have it).

      Yes it’s wrong. If A is unsafe for us, then it is unsafe for the police. It’s also common sense.

      Congress does this all the time as well.

      I believe this should be an amendment to the constitution, but foxes, henhouse and all that.

  20. avatar Stoopid1 says:

    Not only do I refuse to comply, but I’ll back that up with whatever amount of force is necessary.

  21. avatar Jim Bullock says:

    You know the score, pal! If you’re not a cop, you’re “little people.”

  22. avatar neiowa says:

    Hey Rambo – Get off my fire truck I have REAL work to do.

    Go get another donut.

  23. avatar vad varo says:

    … to be known as “Sean Penn’s Law” henceforth…

  24. avatar EJQ says:

    A family friend’s daughter works as a nurse at Parkland Hospital, the County Hospital of Dallas. Frantic uniformed police officer comes to her, and tells her to call police. Before he runs down the hallway, she says “But you are the police!”

    Seems he had a patient from the Dallas County Jail who managed to steal his gun, and escape from his hospital bed. I missed the news coverage, if there was any. I don’t know if the man was caught, or what happened to the cop, for being stupid.

    I voluntarily lock my car gun in the glove box. Habitually lock the doors, long before I had a gun. As long as it is a “smash & grab”, most feel that might be secure enough. If the person(s) who break into my car have a crowbar, and enough time, that may not be good enough. However, my husband’s truck does not have anything that locks, except the doors.He’s bought a small gun vault that fits under the seat with belts, hasn’t installed it, yet. A knife can get that.

    Think I’m being a tad too cautious? Neighbors left their garage door open all night. Next morning, their SUV was on blocks, the tires stolen. Replacement cost was $7,000.00

  25. avatar KO says:

    Perhaps the root cause of the problem is forcing people to disarm and thus leaving a firearm vulnerable to theft.

  26. avatar Dave says:

    Special privilege for cops?
    This is my shocked face.

  27. avatar Brian says:

    To be honest and not speaking of this law, I don’t think there is anything wrong with advocating to securing a firearm safely in a vehicle. I know a few people who have had their firearms stolen from their vehicle. I keep a safe secured under my driver’s seat to store my firearm in when I have to leave it behind.

    Gun safety rule -don’t get your gun stolen.

    But I understand that the law as written was more created to disarm gun owners and does not really deter gun theft.

  28. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    The in your face hypocrites who run the homosexual power city of San Francisco are some of the best examples of a modern day tyrant.
    Glory holes, Marijuana intoxication and crystal meth to improve their sexual experience are the only “rights” they care about. San Francisco values.
    They were the future the founders saw when they wrote the bill of rights.
    The bill of rights is dead in San Francisco. And it is dying in California.

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