City leaders in San Jose, the third-largest city in the California, are evaluating a plan that would require gun owners to secure their firearms when they are not in use.
Councilman Ash Kalra, a Democrat currently running for an open seat in the California State Assembly, is sponsoring the legislation along with Councilman Raul Peralez, a former San Jose police officer, in what he terms an effort to increase public safety.
“There is no intention to limit one’s ability to own a gun,” said Kalra, The Mercury News reported. “It’s about securing firearms from getting into the wrong hands — whether it’s a burglar or a child that’s left unattended at home.”
The measure, in addition to the requirement that gun owners either secure their firearms with a lock or inside a container, would mandate those with lost or stolen guns notify police within 48 hours and order local ammo vendors to keep an electronic log of all sales.