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ORDINANCE NO. 2227 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PLEASANTON <br />AMENDING CHAPTER 10.12 OF THE PLEASANTON MUNICIPAL CODE TO ADD <br />SECTION 10.12.040 REQUIRING THE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS IN <br />RESIDENCES <br />WHEREAS, according to Everytown Research and Policy, As of September 14, 2021, <br />there have been 266 unintentional shootings by children resulting in 107 deaths and 173 injuries <br />across the nation. In California, there have been at least 11 unintentional shootings by children, <br />3 deaths, and 8 injuries. <br />WHEREAS, from 2014 to 2018, there were 629 gun -related deaths within Alameda <br />County according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and <br />WHEREAS, the unsafe storage of firearms threatens public health and safety in the United <br />States. A 2016 study of gun owners published in the American Journal of Public Health found that <br />while millions of responsible gun owners follow recommended storage practices, an estimated <br />54% do not lock up all of their guns or store them unloaded, trigger -locked, and separate from <br />ammunition; and <br />WHEREAS, many young children, including toddlers, are strong enough to fire handguns. <br />A Washington Post report in 2015 showed that toddlers were responsible for an average of one <br />shooting a week that year. In 2013, more preschoolers were shot to death (82) than police officers <br />according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Bureau <br />of Investigation published in October 2015 by the New York Times; and <br />WHEREAS, in 2018, a study published in the Journal of Urban Health found that roughly <br />4.6 million children and youth under age 18 were living in homes with loaded and unlocked <br />firearms. In addition, a study published in 2006 in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent <br />Medicine found that 73% of children under age 10 living in homes with guns reported knowing the <br />location of their parents' firearms. The same study demonstrated that parents often believe, <br />incorrectly, that their children do not know the location of guns stored in the home or that their <br />children have not handled their parents' firearms; and <br />WHEREAS, a 2010 study in the journal Suicide and Life -Threatening Behavior found that <br />over 80% of children (18 years or younger) who died by gun suicide used a gun belonging to a <br />family member. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 637 children die by <br />gun suicide each year on average; and <br />WHEREAS, research from JAMA Pediatrics found that the safe storage of firearms can <br />reduce firearm suicide and unintentional firearm fatalities among youth; and <br />WHEREAS, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that for individuals who <br />choose to keep guns in the home, the firearms should be kept unloaded, and locked in a separate <br />location from ammunition; and <br />WHEREAS, unsecured guns are susceptible to theft and pose a significant public <br />health and safety hazard. A 2017 study in the journal Injury Epidemiology found that national <br />survey data suggests that approximately 380,000 guns are stolen from individual gun owners <br />each year and that gun owners who do not safely store their firearms are significantly more <br />