PRESS RELEASE: Board of Supervisors Votes to Pass Supervisor Mark Farrell’s Gun-Safety Policies
The package would require the videotaping of all gun and ammunition sales in San Francisco and require the regular electronic transmission of ammunition sales data to the SFPD
SAN FRANCISCO — At today’s meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the Board approved Supervisor Mark Farrell’s gun safety policies that would that would require the videotaping of all gun and ammunition sales within San Francisco, and require the regular storage and electronic transmission of ammunition sales data to the San Francisco Police Department.
“Congress continues to fail the American public when it comes to gun safety laws, so it is incumbent on local jurisdictions such as the City of San Francisco to actively promote legislation to protect the public safety of our residents,” said Supervisor Farrell. “This package of gun safety policies will help deter violence and aid local law enforcement in their crime investigations.”
The goals of Supervisor Farrell’s gun control package are to: ensure that dealers’ operations within San Francisco will not be detrimental to public health and safety; prevent and detect illegal trafficking of firearms and ammunition by dealers and their employees; prevent the loss and theft of firearms and ammunition from dealers; and prevent and detect the sale of firearms and ammunition by dealers to persons who are prohibited by law from possessing these items.
The first portion of Supervisor Farrell’s gun control package would simply require the videotaping of all gun and ammunition sales within San Francisco. The videotaping would also apply to other critical areas of the business premises, including, but not limited to, all places where firearms or ammunition are stored, handled, sold, transferred, or carried, including, but not limited to, all counters, safes, vaults, cabinets, cases, entryways, and parking lots. The legislation mandates that the videos be stored for at least a year by any gun store owner, and shall be made available to local law enforcement agencies upon the service of a search warrant and can only be obtained for legitimate law enforcement purposes. As a result of Supervisor Farrell’s legislation, the last remaining gun store in San Francisco has decided to close its doors.
“We should be unapologetic about prioritizing the public safety of our residents first,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “If the last remaining gun store chooses to shut down as a result of my legislation, so be it — I would much rather see a preschool, coffee shop or other neighborhood serving business that contributes to the vitality of our City in its place.”
The second portion of Supervisor Farrell’s gun control package would require any permittee who has the proper documentation to sell or transfer ammunition to keep records of their ammunition sales and transfer data for up to five-years, and electronically transmit the ammunition sales data at least weekly to the SFPD. The legislation will also apply to any remote vendor that sales or transfers firearm ammunition, which means it will apply to retailers with both a physical or online location. The SFPD would develop the forms and information that would need to be regularly transmitted to the department, and at a minimum will include:
(1) The date of the transaction;
(2) The name, address and date of birth of the transferee;
(3) The number of the transferee’s current driver’s license or other government issued identification card containing a photograph of the transferee, and the name of the governmental authority that issued it;
(4) The brand, type, caliber or gauge, and amount of ammunition transferred;
(5) The transferee’s signature; and
(6) The name of the permittee’s agent or employee who processed the transaction.
More than a dozen local jurisdictions in California have adopted ordinances requiring ammunition sellers to maintain records of ammunition sales — San Francisco currently does not have such a law in place. Jurisdictions that have adopted such ordinances have had great success utilizing such records to identify people who illegally possess firearms, as well as ammunition.
Mayor Ed Lee supports Supervisor Farrell’s gun safety proposals. Next week the Board of Supervisors will vote for a final time on Supervisor Farrell’s legislation, which will become law 30-days after Mayor Lee signs the legislation — the policies are expected to be in effect by the end of December.