The Los Angeles City Council has modeled a new law after San Francisco’s mandatory firearm storage bill, and is pushing the regulations on the city’s non-law enforcement residents.
Like San Francisco’s bill, L.A.’s would require all non-law enforcement civilians to keep their firearms stored under lock and key whenever the weapons are not in their immediate vicinity.
The reasoning for the exemption, according to Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) Director Peter Repovich, is so that law enforcement officers, retired or active, can swiftly respond to emergency situations.
“To protect themselves and society… you have to give them the ability to respond quickly,” said Repovich.
Of course, unless the average citizen just so happens to live with a police officer the new law would, by Repovich’s own admission, preclude them from protecting themselves in any situation where immediate action is necessary, like say, a home invasion.
“The law thus burdens their right of self-defense at the times they are most vulnerable – when they are sleeping, bathing, changing clothes, or otherwise indisposed,” said Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in response to the court’s earlier rejection of hearing a case challenging the constitutionality of San Francisco’s bill. “There is consequently no question that San Francisco’s law burdens the core of the Second Amendment right.”
Thomas provided a clear example of how a mandatory firearm storage law can have deadly serious consequences.
“… she is forced to store her gun in a code-operated safe and, in the event of an emergency, would need to get to that safe, remember her code under stress, and correctly enter it before she could retrieve her gun and be in a position to defend herself,” said Thomas. “If she erroneously entered the number due to stress, the safe would impose a delay before she could try again.”
Despite what the LAPPL believes, the Constitution of the United States covers each and every American equally.
The National Rifle Association has pledged to continue fighting to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens, hoping that law enforcement officers will join them in this battle.
(This article is a submission by freelance writer Brent Rogers)