Rendering them inoperative

San Francisco tried to do away with guns entirely, but was forced to back off of that one because of a little thing called the Second Amendment.  It’s now trying a new tactic, which is to say that you can have guns, you just can’t have them in a way that would render them useful in an emergency.  To make matters worse, even the people supporting these rules admit that they’ll only hamper legal gun owners, while leaving the illegal gun owners with a significant advantage:

San Francisco residents will be required to keep their guns in lock boxes or have trigger locks on their firearms under a law signed Wednesday by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

The law also makes it illegal to possess or sell firearms on city and county property and requires firearm dealers to submit an inventory to the police chief every six months.

The measure’s co-sponsors concede that it will have little effect on the proliferation of illegal firearms. The prohibition of guns on county property does not apply to Housing Authority sites, and the ban on selling guns on county property does not apply to the annual gun show at the Cow Palace. The firearm inventory list applies to the one gun store and five licensed firearm dealers in the city.

Officials did not say how they plan to enforce the lock box and trigger lock requirements, but District Attorney Kamala Harris said that once people are aware of the new law, “they’re going to follow it.”

Did you catch the last paragraph about enforcement?  There are only two ways to enforce it:  The first is house to house searches of gun owners, which sounds mighty unconstitutional to me.  The second is to go after gun owners after they’ve used their guns.  If the gun owners used their guns illegally in the first place, it will simply layer on another charge to the indictment.  However, what you can easily foresee is a situation in which a legal gun owner legally defends himself against a robber, only to be prosecuted afterwards for having his gun readily available.

In any event, I suspect that the law is redundant.  Gun owners who worry about having their guns misused while on their own property will already store them in lock boxes (as hunter friends of mine do) or have trigger locks (the favored approach, I suspect, of people who worry both about gun safety and protection against break-ins).  Legal gun owners who don’t worry about these matters, for whatever reason, will convince themselves that they can ignore the law.  And the criminals, of course, will continue to pack their weapons and use them with abandon.

5 Responses

  1. The more weak you make individuals then the more power you can squeeze from them for the all power top echelon elite.

    When only few people have the power to defend themselves, you then have utopia. Or also known as, aristocracy.

  2. Right. As soon as SFO is gun-free, then just like the Halloween episode of the Simpsons, robbers will take everything you have with slingshots and nails run through boards. Sure, it’s funny when it’s drooling aliens, but this is just means to put up a billboard reading, “Easy marks.”
    The mentality of people who break rules, by the way, is why the military doesn’t like advertising taking any options off the table. People committed to bad behavior like to know exactly how long their ropes are.

  3. Each of us, one and all, is our own first line of defense. Not the police. Rarely EVER the police.

    Each of us, also, is the “First Responder” so often touted as being the police. Cops pick up the pieces with a stick and a spoon and try to find someone to blame.

    The effectiveness of the response you as the First Responder can actually mount is directly dependent on how much you let your anti-life government dictate that same level of effectiveness.

    Remember who it is who wants you and your family dead and get them out of office and out of your neighborhoods. Do not patronize anti-First Responder businesses.

    Hoplophobes must be stopped.

    ara

  4. […] I doubt the police are happy about this. They know that guns in the hands of honest citizens is one of the best deterrents to crime. Now they’re going to be put in a position where they may have to go make the city safe for criminals. There are only two ways to enforce it: The first is house to house searches of gun owners, which sounds mighty unconstitutional to me. The second is to go after gun owners after they’ve used their guns. If the gun owners used their guns illegally in the first place, it will simply layer on another charge to the indictment. However, what you can easily foresee is a situation in which a legal gun owner legally defends himself against a robber, only to be prosecuted afterwards for having his gun readily available. — Bookworm Room […]

  5. Yikes this really takes me back, needed some more images maybe.

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