Over at the LA Times, assault media journalist Robin Abcarian tells us What San Francisco is proposing to help keep guns out of the wrong hands. Specifically, the City by the Bay is planning on enacting a City ordinance requiring gun owners to lock-up their [unattended] guns in their cars. But before she unleashes a litany of stories of stolen guns used in crimes, Abcarian wants you to know she hates your firearms freedom and your “assault rifle” with a passion undimmed . . .
Count me — like most Americans — on the side of universal background checks, a closing of the gun show loophole and a ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines (all things we have done in California, which has a lower rate of death from firearms than states with fewer regulations). And sorry to all you AR-15 lovers out there, but bullet button or not, I wouldn’t be too sad to see your semiautomatic rifles melted down for scrap.
Setting aside the usual mischaracterization of firearms-related crime stats, Abcrarian reveals something we didn’t know about the new law:
To try to put an end to this craziness, San Francisco Supervisor David Campos has introduced a measure that would require anyone — off-duty law enforcement or civilian — who leaves a gun in an unattended vehicle to either lock the weapon in the trunk and disable any automatic trunk release latch, or store the gun in a lock box that is affixed to the vehicle. Breaking the law would be a misdemeanor, punishable by six months in jail or a $10,000 fine.
Click here for instructions on how to perform this trunk latch release disablement operation on a Mazda Miata, which only takes a couple of hours, some specialized tools and a lot of Yankee ingenuity. Of course, the easier thing to do is what Dan does: lock your firearm in a GunVault lock box with a cable attached to the seat mount. That said, a bad guy with a pair of bolt cutters and away it goes.
The wider point: punishing gun owners for someone else’s illegal activity seems like a dangerous precedent. Yes?