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Los Angeles' new trigger-lock law is a small step toward a safer city

Los Angeles' new trigger-lock law is a small step toward a safer city

The Los Angeles City Council wisely voted Tuesday to require handgun owners keep their weapons securely stored or fitted with a trigger lock when they aren't being carried, steps that should help reduce accidental shootings – particularly by children. The vote follows adoption of local gun-control measures in Sunnyvale and San Francisco, and the language reflects the California Child Access Prevention law, which holds adults responsible if they leave a loaded, unattended handgun where minors can reach it. The city ordinance, which the Times editorial board endorsed, offers no exemptions for anyone – including active-duty and reserve police officers, and...

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