La Mesa won’t require guns to be locked up at home

La Mesa won’t require guns to be locked up at home

A, gun shop owner demonstrates how a gun lock works on a handgun The City Council did approve a new education campaign to advocate safe storage LA MESA — La Mesa won’t require gun owners to lock up firearms at home after a narrow City Council vote, but the city will launch a public education campaign advocating for safe storage. The defeated ordinance would have mandated guns be placed in a “locked container” or “disabled with a trigger lock” unless the owner was wearing it or had the firearm in their “immediate control.” “I live in La Mesa, I work in La Mesa and I haven’t heard of a gun problem, a gun stealing problem, a gun murder problem, a gun suicide problem or an accidental gun shooting problem,” Councilmember Laura Lothian said last week at the council’s first in-person public meeting in more than two years. She and two colleagues voted against the proposal, which failed 2-3. The council did unanimously endorse sending police to in-person events, in addition to social media posts, to educate residents about how firearms should be safely stored. Police Chief Ray Sweeney spoke in favor of the education campaign, but did not say whether the full ordinance was necessary. Twenty-eight guns have been stolen in La Mesa since 2019, Sweeney said. Some residents had their entire safes taken because they weren’t bolted down. During the same period, there was one gun homicide, and investigators are still not sure where that firearm came from, […]

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