Chapter 8.18


8.18.010    Definitions.

8.18.020    Prohibition.

8.18.030    Exceptions.

8.18.040    Lost or stolen firearms.

8.18.050    Penalty.

8.18.010 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, unless the context clearly requires a different meaning, the following words, terms and phrases have the meanings given to them in this section:

“Firearm” means any gun, pistol, revolver, rifle, or any other device designed or modified to be used as a weapon, from which is expelled through a barrel a projectile by the force of an explosion or other form of combustion. The term “firearm” does not include imitation firearms as defined by California Penal Code Section 16700, or BB devices or air rifles as defined in California Penal Code Section 16250.

“Locked container” means a locked container as defined in California Penal Code Section 16850, as amended from time to time, and that is listed on the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms roster of approved firearm safety devices.

“Residence” means any structure intended or used for human habitation, including but not limited to houses, condominiums, rooms, second dwelling units, motels, hotels, single-room occupancies, time shares and recreational and other vehicles where human habitation occurs.

“Trigger lock” means a trigger lock that is listed on the California Department of Justice’s roster of approved firearms safety devices and that is identified as appropriate for that firearm by reference to either the manufacturer and model of the firearm or to the physical characteristics of the firearm that match those listed on the roster for use with the device under Penal Code Section 23635. (Ord. 1542 § 2 (part), 2019)

8.18.020 Prohibition.

No person shall keep a firearm within any residence unless the firearm is stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock. (Ord. 1542 § 2 (part), 2019)

8.18.030 Exceptions.

Section 8.18.020 shall not apply in the following circumstances:

A.    The firearm is carried on the person of an individual, or is within the immediate control of an individual, in accordance with all applicable laws; or

B.    The firearm is under the control of a person who is a peace officer under Penal Code Section 830 et seq. (Ord. 1542 § 2 (part), 2019)

8.18.040 Lost or stolen firearms.

In order to encourage reports to law enforcement agencies of lost or stolen firearms, a person who files a report with a law enforcement officer shall not be subject to prosecution for violation of this chapter. (Ord. 1542 § 2 (part), 2019)

8.18.050 Penalty.

Every violation of this chapter shall constitute a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars or by imprisonment in the County Jail not to exceed six months, or both. (Ord. 1542 § 2 (part), 2019)