California: Oakland City Council Looking to Restrict Your Second Amendment Rights

Contact members of the Public Safety Committee OPPOSING the below measures!

California Gun Control
California Gun Control
NRA - Institute for Legislative Action
NRA – Institute for Legislative Action

Fairfax, VA -( On Tuesday, December 15, the Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee will be meeting to discuss several anti-gun related ordinances at 6 PM in the Sgt. Mark Dunakin room, on the first floor of City Hall.

The following ordinances and one resolution are on the agenda to be heard:

  • Ordinance 15-422 would ban unsecured concealable firearms, long guns, and ammunition in unattended vehicles.
  • Ordinance 15-0423 would make it a crime for firearms, magazines or ammunition to be left unsecured in cars on the city street and make it a misdemeanor and punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • Ordinance 15-0424 would make it unlawful to possess any “large-capacity” magazines in the city.
  • Ordinance 15-0426, the Safe Storage Firearm Act, would require gun owners to keep their guns locked, either with a lock box or a trigger lock, while stored in their home.
  • Ordinance 15-0427 would require concealed carry licensees to secure firearms in automobiles.

Please contact the following committee members on the Public Safety committee and urge them to OPPOSE these unnecessary proposed ordinances.

Desley Broods, Chair – Phone: (510) 238-7006; Email: [email protected]

Noel Gallo – Phone: (510) 238-7005; Email: [email protected]

Abel Guillen – Phone: 510-238-7002

Dan Kalb – Phone: (510) 238-7001; Email: [email protected]

Below are some talking points opposing these issues.

High Capacity Ammunition Ban:

The federal “large-ammunition feeding device” ban of 1994-2004, authored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), prohibited a private individual from possessing any magazine that held more than 10 rounds of ammunition.  The ban didn’t apply only to magazines that are used in “assault weapons” — the vast majority of which are rifles and shotguns — it also applied to a larger number of firearms of the type that gun control supporters have historically tried the hardest to get banned: handguns, particularly those designed for self-defense.  The number “10” was selected arbitrarily.

The federal “large-ammunition feeding device” ban of 1994-2004 is no longer in effect, because it DID NOT reduce violent crime AND it is a violation of a person’s right to possess and carry, including “all instruments that constitute bearable arms” as decided in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008).

Safe Storage Act:

Trigger locks and other such devices can fail.

Trigger locks do not make firearms foolproof and are not substitutes for safe firearms handling practices, dictated by longstanding safety rules. Reliance on devices, rather than safety rules, can instill a false sense of security that can lead to problems when a device-less firearm is encountered.

Today, fatal firearm accidents are at an all-time low.

While the number of privately owned firearms has risen annually, the annual number of fatal firearm accidents has declined by 95% since 1904.

Comparing firearm accident rates (fatalities per 100,000) to other accident rates:

1.  Motor vehicle accidents 11.4
2.  Poisoning 10.7
3.  Falls 8.4
4.  Suffocation & Choking 2.0
5.  Drowning 1.2
6.  Fires & Burns .9
7.  Medical “Misadventures” .7
8.  Environmental factors .5
9.  Bicycles & Tricycles .26
10. Firearms         .20

Data Source: National Center for Health Statistics

At the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that all households are different and have different needs.  This reckless ordinance encompasses every home in the city, not only those with young children residing in them.  This one-size-fits-all approach is a solution to a non-existent problem and is both over-reaching and not based on fact.

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  • 11 thoughts on “California: Oakland City Council Looking to Restrict Your Second Amendment Rights

    1. Oh yeah, you remember Oakland California…One of the highest murder rates in the US.
      Passing a few more laws should help that…….

    2. But Kevin: Do you need the state DICTATING that to you? Perhaps even
      specifying the type of storage required?

    3. I turned 18 in the U.S. Army. I spent more of my life in the Army than out. To me, a twenty round mag is standard, thirty is better.

    4. That’a as logical as sticking your head up an elephant’s because your nose is running. Just put illegal firearms users in prison for 50 years on first offence with no plea bargaining and you’ll stop a lot of crime. And not have to hassle ordinary citizens. If that offends you, YOU ARE the problem not just part of it.

    5. We need to be more optimistic about the potential benefits of these regulations. I have seen criminals already lining up to turn in their high capacity magazines and quitting a life of crime altogether because their main source of firearms – those left on the dashboard of unlocked cars, will dry up.

    6. I’m not sure I have a problem with the first two ordinances. I would never leave a weapon or ammunition in my vehicle unsecured you’re just asking for trouble. I work hard fo my money and to leave those things unsecured in a vehicle is just asking for a break-in, and losing those valuable weapons or ammunition. You need a lock box or some other way to keep those things secure. Why would anyone leave a weapon or ammunition in an unattended vehicle???

    7. Oakland is in Alameda County, and that is a Shall Not Issue county. I fled California over 20 years ago because they want you to be a victim. I’ve never regretted it.

    8. The number 10 was decided by Bill Ruger and I will never forgive him for that. While he was alive Ruger would not sell magazines holding more than 10 rounds for the mini-14 to anyone other than law enforcement or the military.

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