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5/29/2018 – Proposed Firearm Storage Ordinance
The Saratoga City Council will consider proposed regulations for storage and reporting lost/stolen firearms. The proposed ordinance would require firearms to be stored in a locked container or disabled with a safety device when they are not in the immediate control or possession of the owner at home. Additionally, lost or stolen firearms would need to be reported to law enforcement within 48 hours.
Before these regulations are considered at the June 20 City Council meeting, a Community Meeting will be held to answer questions and receive input.
Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Joan Pisani Community Center, Multipurpose Room
19655 Allendale Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
You can also submit feedback by completing this comment form or emailing the City Council. All comments collected from the Community Meeting, comment form, and email will be shared with the City Council at the June 20 City Council meeting.
Proposed Sections of the Saratoga City Code:
Article 6-35 – Firearms.
6-35.010 Storage of Firearms in a Residence.
Except when carried on his or her person, or in his or her immediate control and possession, no person shall keep a firearm (as defined in California Penal Code 16520 or as amended) in any residence owned or controlled by that person unless the firearm is stored in a locked container (as defined in California Penal Code 16850 or as amended) or the firearm is disabled with a safety device that is listed on the California Department of Justice’s roster of approved firearm safety devices.
6-35.020 Reporting Lost or Stolen Firearms.
Any person who owns or possesses a firearm (as defined in California Penal Code 16520 or as amended) shall report the theft or loss of the firearm to Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office within forty-eight (48) hours of the time he or she determined or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been lost or stolen, whenever: (1) that person resides in the City of Saratoga; or (2) the theft or loss of the firearm occurs in the City of Saratoga.
California Penal Code References:
California Penal Code 16520 defines “firearm” as a device, designed to be used as a weapon, from which is expelled through a barrel, a projectile by the force of an explosion or other form of combustion.
California Penal Code 16850 defines a “locked container” as a secure container that is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, keylock, combination lock, or similar locking device. The term “locked container” does not include the utility or glove compartment of a motor vehicle.