California SB 220 - Safe Storage
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.