California AB 688 - Safe Storage

California AB 688

Firearms: vehicle storage

by Kansen Chu (D)

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LEAP Forward Position:  Support

LEAP Forward Position: Support

Existing law requires a person, when leaving a handgun in an unattended vehicle, to lock the handgun in the vehicle’s trunk, lock the handgun in a locked container and place the container out of plain view, lock the handgun in a locked container that is permanently affixed to the vehicle’s interior and not in plain view, or to lock the handgun in a locked toolbox or utility box.

This bill would make these requirements applicable to all firearms and would additionally require the firearm to be secured to the vehicle’s frame using a steel cable lock or chain and padlock or in a locked container that is secured using a steel cable lock or chain and padlock or that is permanently affixed to the vehicle, as specified. Because a violation of these new requirements would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.


25140. (a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b), a person shall, when leaving a firearm in an unattended vehicle, secure the firearm as follows:

(1) By locking the firearm in the vehicle’s trunk and securing the firearm to the vehicle’s frame using a steel cable lock or chain and padlock.

(2) By locking the firearm in a locked container that is affixed to the frame of the vehicle by a steel cable lock or chain and padlock in the trunk or elsewhere in the vehicle’s interior that is not in plain view.

(3) By locking the firearm in a locked container that is permanently affixed to the trunk or elsewhere in the vehicle’s interior that is not in plain view.

(4) By locking the firearm in a locked toolbox or utility box.