What does ‘safe storage’ mean under Seattle’s new gun regulation?

What does ‘safe storage’ mean under Seattle’s new gun regulation?

Seattle’s recently-approved safe storage regulation now requires gun owners to secure their firearms so they do not fall into the wrong hands. RELATED: Study indicates majority of Washington gun owners do not safely store firearms But what does safe storage mean? Can it simply be locked inside a home? Does it need a trigger lock? Do gun owners have to buy a safe? Or can they simply hide their weapons under a bed? According to the ordinance unanimously approved by the Seattle City Council on July 9 , safe storage is about more than how the weapon is kept. The new rules state that a gun is to be secured in a “locked container,” but it also considers that a gun is stored properly if it is “under the control of the owner or other lawfully authorized user.” In other words, if a person is legally carrying their firearm, that is considered safely stored. A “locked container” is defined as any storage device that meets rules set by the chief of police. What exactly those rules will be — a gun safe, etc. — are not yet known. What is known is that a trigger lock is not enough . The ordinance states: It shall be a civil infraction for any person to store or keep any firearm in any premises unless such weapon is secured in a locked container, properly engaged so as to render such weapon inaccessible or unusable to any person other than the owner or […]

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