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Thursday, July 2, 2015

LAPD Union Asks For Safe Storage Exemption

The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), the union for the LAPD, is seeking an exemption for current and retired LAPD officers from looming firearms storage requirements under consideration by the LA City Council.

Modeled after San Francisco’s handgun storage law, it will require gun owners to lock up or disable any handgun in their home that they are not currently carrying. LAPPL Director Peter Repovich told the city that officers are specially trained to handle firearms, and, “To protect themselves and society … you have to give them the ability to respond quickly.”

We agree that police should have the capacity to ensure their safety in their homes, but why deny that right to other citizens? A carve-out for cops would be the height of hypocrisy on the part of the city council, who apparently believe average citizens should be forced to wear their gun while sleeping, reading or changing their oil.