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Menlo Park council to consider mandate on safe gun storage

by Kate Bradshaw

Menlo Park Vice Mayor Drew Combs has proposed that the City Council consider an ordinance requiring all community residents who own guns to store them in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of another community
on Jan 28, 2020 at 2:01 pm

I do not know about guns. But some locking mechanism to avoid accidents while still permitting gun owners to grab and use their gun defensely would make sense. A law rendering a gun in the house unusable for defense would surely be invalidated by courts - and only lawyers and Donald Trump would benefit.


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jan 29, 2020 at 3:38 am

". But some locking mechanism to avoid accidents while still permitting gun owners to grab and use their gun defensely would make sense."

There are plenty of gun safes which permit rapid access by authorized users:

Web Link


Posted by MP voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 31, 2020 at 10:02 am

Surely we can all agree that we want to reduce gun deaths. One question, of course, is how many gun deaths were there in MP in recent years? Were those gun deaths accidents that could have been easily prevented by this proposed law, or were they homicides committed by people who would not obey any gun law? Let's pick and choose our battles to make the most impact.


Posted by Herman
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 3, 2020 at 7:51 pm

Great idea. Brilliant. How do you enforce this? Spot checks? Storm troopers? Wow. More nanny state feel-good nonsense [Portion removed. Be respectful or don't post on this forum].


Posted by gun fantasies from men
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 4, 2020 at 5:55 am

A gun in the home is 11 times more likely to harm someone in the home than be used for self defense.

"For every time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides."

Study: Kellermann - Center for Injury Control, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.


Posted by Gary
a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2020 at 12:12 am

Where is the study showing the number of home burglaries and other invasions averted by the concern of criminals that an occupant might have and use a gun?


Posted by gun fantasies from men
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 6, 2020 at 6:34 am

"Where is the study showing the number of home burglaries and other invasions averted by the concern of criminals that an occupant might have and use a gun?"

Good question. If a SOLID study existed, the NRA would use their Russian money Web Link to scream it at the top of their lungs.

There is a single study that suggests there are many uses, but the study itself says the numbers need a lot of work (verification, even definitional.)

We know one thing - guns in the home create a public health hazard. For one example, ask the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Get the Charles Bronson fantasy out of your head. Guns harm Americans in their home. Spend the money on a set of golf clubs. Get mad at the course and wrap a club around a tree.


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