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Bill Would Require Calif. Gun Owners to Safely Lock, Store Firearms


Democratic Senator Leland Yee says the measure would reduce unintended injuries to children.  “A gun is left on a dresser, a kitchen table, and the responsible adult is not there.  And somehow a child picks it up, plays with it, and does harm to him- or herself,” says Yee, the bill's author.

But Republican Senator Tom Berryhill says the bill is neither practical nor well thought-out.  “A homeowner who leaves a firearm on a kitchen table that owns 1,000 acres could go for a three-hour walk on his property while not violating one provision of this bill, but the average citizen who lives in a subdivision can’t even walk across the street and back without being in violation,” Berryhill says.

The measure passed 21-17.  It now moves to the Assembly.


Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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