City ordinance goes into effect on May 7
Mountain View, Calif. — At the Tuesday, March 8 meeting, the Mountain View City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance that aims to reduce the risk of firearm-related injuries and deaths by requiring the safe storage of firearms in residences and vehicles.
“As part of the City’s Strategic Roadmap Action Plan, the City Council is taking action to increase firearm safety in our community, said Mayor Lucas Ramirez. “The statistics are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 109 people die from a firearm-related injury each day. Mountain View’s Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance will help protect the public, especially children, by requiring guns be locked up when stored.”
The ordinance applies to all firearms, not just handguns. It requires firearms to be stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock when stored in residences. Otherwise, gun owners must have the firearm in their close proximity and control.
For unattended vehicles, firearms must be stored in a locked container in the trunk of a vehicle or in a permanently affixed locked container for vehicles without trunks. The ordinance prohibits guns from being stored in an unattended vehicle overnight.
“It remains ever important that those who live, work and visit Mountain View can feel safe,” said Police Chief Chris Hsiung. “This safety measure reflects how much we prioritize the well-being of all in the place where we should feel safest – our homes.”
Through the ordinance, the City of Mountain View also intends to:
- Reduce the chance of minors accessing firearms and causing harm to themselves or others.
- Reduce suicides, the majority of which occur by use of firearms.
- Reduce firearm-related domestic violence injuries and deaths.
- Prevent theft of firearms in order to protect gun owners and the public as a whole from the subsequent illicit sale of stolen firearms, including their subsequent use in crimes.
Violators of the ordinance may face a misdemeanor punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.
Prior to implementing the ordinance, the Mountain View Police Department will conduct outreach and educate residents about the ordinance’s requirements for safe firearms storage including through the City Hall Connection e-newsletter, MountainView.gov; the City’s social media channels, and a postcard mailer to residents.
The Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance will become effective on Saturday, May 7.
About the City of Mountain View
Located between the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Francisco Bay, Mountain View is a diverse community with an estimated population of 82,814. Mountain View covers just over 12 square miles, featuring over 1,000 acres of park and wildlife areas including the 750-acre wildlife and recreation area called Shoreline at Mountain View. In the heart of Silicon Valley, Mountain View is home to a vibrant downtown and headquarters to many nationally and internationally known corporations including Google, LinkedIn, Intuit and NASA’s Ames Research Center. For more information, visit MountainView.gov.
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Katie Nelson, MVPD Public Information Officer