This law is redundant! There is already a California State law from 2014 that can hold gun-owners accountable for allowing a person under the age of 18 to acquire a firearm in 3 different ways!
- (a) Criminal storage of a firearm in the first degree is punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for 16 months, or two or three years, by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine; or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine.
- (b) Criminal storage of a firearm in the second degree is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine.
- (c) Criminal storage of a firearm in the third degree is punishable as a misdemeanor. <6 months in County Jail and/or up to a $1000 fine.>
(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 730, Sec. 2. (AB 231) Effective January 1, 2014.)
The proposed municipal law would actually provide less severe consequences for unsafe firearms storage:
- A misdemeanor conviction can be punished by a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1000) or imprisonment in the County Jail for up to six (6) months or by both fine and imprisonment.
- Any person convicted of an infraction shall be punishable by fine only as follows: Upon a first conviction, by a fine of up to two hundred fifty dollars ($250) and for any subsequent infraction a fine up to five hundred dollars ($500).
The only differences between the current state law and the proposed municipal law are the amount of fines and jail time a person can be punished with.
A later 6-2 vote (Yea: Bry, Campbell, Ward, Montgomery, Moreno, Gomez; Nay: Cate, Sherman; Kersey was not present) sends the proposed law to a final vote for adoption into law.