California Bill Would Require Securing Guns In Vehicles

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Senate is approving legislation that requires everyone, including law enforcement officers, to secure guns they leave in a vehicle.

The bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown follows several high-profile thefts from the vehicles of law enforcement officers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SB869 by Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo was approved in a 26-12 vote. It would require that handguns left in unattended vehicles be locked in the trunk or in a locked container out of view.

Violating the law would be an infraction punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.

The measure was supported by gun-control groups and the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, which says stolen guns can be used in crimes.

Nobody spoke against it in the Senate Wednesday.

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