California SB 220 - Safe Storage

California SB 220

Firearms dealers: storage and security

by Jerry Hill (D)*Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D)

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LEAP Forward Position:  Support

LEAP Forward Position: Support

Bill Summary

Existing law generally requires all inventory firearms of a firearms dealer to be stored in the licensed location when the firearms dealer is not open for business. Existing law authorizes a firearms dealer to secure the firearms 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. A firearms dealer’s license is subject to forfeiture for a breach of any of those provisions.This bill would instead, commencing July 1, 2020, require each of the firearms to be secured by storing the firearm in a secure facility, as described above. The bill would require the firearms to additionally be secured using one of several methods, including the method involving a steel rod or cable or the method involving a safe or vault. The bill would require, if the rod or cable method is used and if the licensed location is at street level, that the licensee install, or cause to be installed, concrete or hardened steel bollards meeting certain specifications, or other specified barriers, to protect the location’s front entrance, any floor-to-ceiling windows, and any other doors, from breach by a vehicle. If a safe or vault method is used, the bill would require the safe 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. The bill would also authorize the dealer to secure the firearms by storing them in a shatter-proof or other specified display case, or in a windowless room without a door accessing the outside of the building, or by use of a steel roll-down door or security gate, or in a locked steel gun rack. The bill would also require the dealer to install steel roll-down doors on perimeter doors and floor-to-ceiling windows if the other securing methods described above are not used.


26890. (a) Except as provided in subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 26805, any time when the licensee is not open for business, each particular firearm shall be secured by storing the firearm in a secure facility that is part of, or that constitutes, the licensee’s business premises.(b) (1) All firearms shall also be secured using one of the following methods as to each particular firearm, unless the licensee complies with subdivision (c):(A) Secure the firearm with a hardened steel rod or cable of at least one-eighth inch in diameter through the trigger guard of the firearm. The steel rod or cable shall be secured with a hardened steel lock that has a shackle. The lock and shackle shall be protected or shielded from the use of a boltcutter, and the rod or cable shall be anchored in a manner that prevents the removal of the firearm from the premises.(B) Store the firearm in a locked fireproof safe or vault in the licensee’s business premises. The safe shall meet the safety standards established by the Attorney General pursuant to Section 23650.(C) Store the firearm in a display case that is made with a steel frame that is no thinner than 12 gauge, is fitted with a hardened steel lock where the case opens to access the firearm, and that complies with one of the following:(i) The display case is fitted with smash-proof polycarbonate panels that are at least one-quarter inch thick.(ii) The display case is fitted with glass that is protected with a security or protective laminate film that is specifically designed to delay entry and unauthorized access, with a minimum thickness of at least 8 mils (eight-thousandths of an inch), and that includes an anchoring system on all seams of each glass panel and is also anchored to the frame.(D) Store the firearm in a windowless room equipped with a steel security door fitted with a deadbolt lock, and that does not have a door exposed to the outside of the building.(E) Store the firearm behind a steel roll-down door or security gate, or secure the firearm in a locked steel gun rack by use of a hardened steel bar.