There’s good news this week for San Franciscans—and supporters of smart gun laws nationwide. The US Supreme Court announced that it would not review Jackson v. City and County of San Francisco, a Ninth Circuit decision upholding a pair of lifesaving San Francisco ordinances that prohibit deadly hollow-point “cop killer” ammunition and require the safe storage of firearms.
The notion that the Second Amendment is not a barrier to commonsense gun laws is central to the Law Center’s mission. We’ve been working tirelessly with San Francisco lawmakers for almost two decades to make the city safer from gun violence, and the result is smart gun laws like these.
The city’s safe storage ordinance encourages responsible gun ownership practices by requiring that handguns be either stored in a safe or disabled with a trigger lock at all times when not actually on the owner’s person. This was a direct response to the fact that one in three handguns is kept loaded and unlocked, which drastically increases the risk of deadly shootings in the home—especially of children. Safe storage is also a critical component to Child Access Prevention (CAP) laws, supported by prosecutors like Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and New York County’s District Attorney, Cy Vance Jr., whom we’re honoring at our Anniversary Dinner in San Francisco on June 18.
San Francisco also enacted a prohibition on hollow-point bullets, which are designed to expand upon impact, in order to reduce the likelihood that shooting victims will die of their injuries by lowering the lethality of the ammunition sold within the city.
The Supreme Court’s refusal to review the decision upholding these laws marks the 67th time that the Court has denied review in a lawsuit based on an alleged violation of the Second Amendment since the landmark Heller decision in 2008. Since Heller was decided, the lower courts have rejected 93% of all Second Amendment claims and the Supreme Court has demonstrated its unwillingness to take up the issue—further reinforcing the Law Center’s position that smart gun laws are very much compatible with the Second Amendment.
For more information about smart gun storage laws, see the Law Center’s Safe Storage and Gun Locks Policy Summary.