The Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving a San Francisco ordinance that forces gun owners to keep a trigger lock on their guns, or lock them up at home when they are not being carried.
The city noted in its brief opposing the high court’s review that “long” guns are not restricted and handguns can be kept loaded. It said keeping them locked up “reduces the risk of suicide and unintentional shootings, particularly among children and
teens,” as well as making guns harder to steal.
A group of city residents who filed the suit, along with the National Rifle Association, argued that the law renders gun ownership self-defeating by making the gun inoperable when an intruder bursts on the scene. The high court’s 5-4 majority in Heller struck down the District of Columbia’s trigger-lock requirement.