Supes approve scaled-back gun laws
By Emmett Berg and Julia Cheever
July 25, 2007
The Board of Supervisors passed an array of gun laws yesterday
that followed a judge's decision last year to invalidate a voter-approved
measure banning possession of handguns in the city except by law
enforcement and other authorized officers.
In June 2006 a San Francisco Superior Court judge struck down
Proposition H, approved by a 58-to-42-percent majority of voters
Judge James Warren said the measure conflicted with state laws
regulating handguns. Warren wrote in a 30-page ruling that the
Legislature has passed a "myriad of laws" on handgun
possession and use, thus pre-empting local laws.
He wrote, "These laws support the argument that California
has an overarching concern in controlling gun use by defining
the circumstances under which firearms can be possessed uniformly
across the state, without having this statewide scheme contradicted
or subverted by local policy."
Warren issued the ruling in a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle
Association, four other groups and seven individuals.
The laws passed unanimously were more limited in scope. One bans
possession or sale of firearms or ammunition on county property.
That puts San Francisco on par with Los Angeles County, which
has spent years litigating challenges to its own law prohibiting
gun shows at the county-owned Fairplex facility.
Another measure passed requires handguns owned by residents to
be stored in a locked container or with a trigger lock. A current
state law mandates those requirements for the transport of a handgun.
A third law passed requires gun dealers to conduct inventory
counts every six months.
There is only one gun shop in the entire city.
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