Countywide project to raise awareness about dangers of…

SAN ANTONIO – University Health System is teaming up with other groups in the community to raise awareness about the dangers of unsecured weapons. “This is the first time that we’ve had this type of partnership to distribute this many gun locks into the community,” said Jennifer Northway, director of injury protection for University Health System. “We’ll have both trigger locks available to those who may want them, or our cable locks,” Northway said. She said the Injury Prevention Program is teaming up with Bexar County, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and Be Smart, a campaign launched by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “One is addressing the number of unintentional discharges that are happening and impacting children and teens. That’s when a child can find a weapon, maybe touch it, move it and the weapon goes off and that child is injured or killed. The other component is making sure that folks are aware of the dangers of having an unsecured weapon in the home with somebody who has depression or who has Alzheimer’s or dementia,” Northway said. Northway said Bexar County is providing $25,000 to purchase gun locks to distribute at even...

San Diego’s law requiring guns be locked at home to take effect this week

A new gun-storage ordinance aimed at preventing accidental shootings and other firearm-related injuries and deaths will take effect Thursday in San Diego. The Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance, authored by City Attorney Mara Elliott and approved by the City Council in July, requires all guns in a residence be stored in a locked container, or disabled by a trigger lock, unless they are being carried by or are under control of the owner. Elliott has called the ordinance a “common-sense law,” and said in a statement this week that it saves lives “by keeping guns out of the hands of minors, unauthorized users, and individuals going through personal crises that could result in them harming themselves or others.” A report by Elliott’s staff earlier this year concluded the ordinance “does not substantially burden the right or ability of owners to use firearms for self-defense in the home.” In a July statement, Michael Schwartz, executive director of the political action committee San Diego County Gun Owners, said “the only way to enforce this would be to send police officers door to door.” According to Elliott, the San Diego Police Department will look for violations of the law when r...