Crime & Justice

Gun-related ordinances move forward to LA City Council

An ordinance advanced by the Los Angeles Public Safety Committee Tuesday, October 20, 2015, would require handguns located in a residence to be kept in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock, such as the one pictured.
An ordinance advanced by the Los Angeles Public Safety Committee Tuesday, October 20, 2015, would require handguns located in a residence to be kept in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock, such as the one pictured.
Stock photo by Eric Byers via Flickr Creative Commons

Los Angeles is considering a requirement that guns inside the home must be disabled or locked up, away from kids. 

The Los Angeles Public Safety Committee voted Tuesday to send two gun-related ordinances forward to the L.A. City Council for consideration.

One ordinance would require handguns located in a residence to be kept in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock.

The other ordinance would allow an exemption for the possession of large-capacity magazines for retired peace officers and qualified reserve officers. 

"These are some of the toughest but also reasonable gun regulations in the country," said Councilmember and Chair Mitchell Englander in the audio broadcast of the meeting. 

During public comment a 24-year-old native Los Angeles woman spoke in support of the residential gun ordinance, citing an experience in which her mentally ill neighbor shot and killed his caregiver and then himself on her doorstep.

"His psychiatrist had actually recommended to his wife that all the guns in the house be stored. His wife took the recommendation but not all the guns were stored properly," she said.
 
Both gun measures go to the full council in the next few weeks.