LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously in favor Tuesday to require firearms to be stored safely within homes.

Under the motion, handguns will need to be disabled, locked in a container and kept on the owner’s person or placed within that person’s reach.

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The measure (PDF), which is backed by Councilman Paul Krekorian, aims to keep weapons away from children or others who could unintentionally harm themselves.

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Krekorian told KNX 1070 police will only be able to enforce the law under specific circumstances, such as “when the police have an interaction with a family for example that’s engaged in domestic violence, or when a county work checks on home in a child welfare check.”

Council members voted on the ordinance at 10 a.m. in downtown Los Angeles.

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