More gun laws proposed in San Francisco? Yawn.
OK--the fact that Mayor Gavin Newsom is proposing more gun legislation is hardly news. Still, one of his proposed laws caught my eye. It's a "lock up your safety" law that would require gun owners to store their guns disabled with a trigger lock, or sequestered in a locked box--you know--so gun owners can't actually save their lives or the lives of their families with it. The "justification" given for this proposed law is a bit . . . peculiar.
Authorities said lock boxes would help to keep legal guns from being stolen and then later used illegally. Because a thief just wouldn't dare steal the whole box, and get into it at his leisure. If the victim were home (and effectively disarmed by the law), the criminal certainly wouldn't use his own weapon (or superior size/strength, or force of numbers, etc.) to force the homeowner to open the box for him.
The truly chilling part of this article is in a quote from District Attorney Kamala Harris.
The idea, she contends, is to remind legal gun owners how to behave.For the sake of argument, let's set the Second Amendment aside--this is San Francisco, after all, which seems to have some kind of immunity from that particular Constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human right. Still, I figured the Fourth Amendment still had some relevance, even there--Ms. Harris apparently disagrees.
"Just because you legally possess a gun in the sanctity of your locked home doesn't mean that we're not going to walk into that home and check to see if you're being responsible and safe in the way that you conduct your affairs," Harris said.
I think it's (past) time for gun owners to remind her how to behave. A good reminder might be showing her what happens to a home invader who "walk[s] into" a gun owner's locked home.
This demonstration will not involve a locked-up gun.