Existing law requires each firearm at a firearms dealer to be secured by (1) storing the firearm in a secure facility that is a part of, or that constitutes, the firearms dealer’s business premises, (2) securing the firearm with a steel rod or cable with specified features, or (3) storing the firearm in a locked fireproof safe or vault in the business premises.
SB 464 (Hill) would instead require each of the firearms to be secured by storing the firearm in a secure facility. The bill would require the firearms to also be secured using either the method involving a steel rod or cable or the method involving a safe or vault, as described above. If a steel rod or cable is used, the bill would also require the installation of concrete or hardened steel pillars of sufficient strength, width, height, and spacing to stop a vehicle. If a safe or vault is used, the bill would require the safe or vault to meet specified safety standards established by the Attorney General relating to risk reduction of firearm-related injuries to children 17 years of age and younger.
To the Members of the California State Senate:
I am returning Senate Bill 464 without my signature.
State law already requires that firearms dealers enact security measures to avoid theft. Local jurisdictions can-and have-gone further by adding additional specific requirements. I believe local authorities are in the best position to determine what, if any additional measures are needed in their jurisdictions.
Edmund G. Brown Jr.