San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa plans to introduce an ordinance at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting that would require the safe storage of firearms in residences.
If the ordinance is approved, firearms in homes must be stored in a locked container or be disabled with a trigger lock. It would apply only to residents in unincorporated areas, but Canepa said in a news release Sunday, Feb. 10, that he hopes it will serve as a model for consideration by the county's 20 cities. Voters in Sunnyvale passed a similar ordinance in 2013 that survived a court challenge by the National Rifle Association, Canepa said.
"In the past 10 years, there have been 800 gun related deaths in San Mateo County," Canepa said. "Many of these deaths could have been prevented if the firearms were locked safely in the home. This ordinance will surely save lives, I have no doubt about it."
Tuesday's board meeting begins at 9 a.m. at 400 County Center in Redwood City.