Orange County Gun Owners PAC has obtained a Memo from Irvine City Councilmember, Kathleen Treseder, addressed to the City Manager, Oliver Chi, that requests an item be added to the Irvine City Council Meeting Agenda for discussion and review titled:
Discussion of a Responsible Gun Storage Ordinance
The memo goes on to cite everytownresearch.org(a biased anti-gun organization) for any support of the ordinance and requests that while the state of CA has a safe storage ordinance that requires safe storage while children and prohibited persons are present already in place, Irvine City Council should craft an ordinance that adds additional restrictions on it’s citizens by requiring the firearms be stored locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition also to be locked in a container at all times unless directly on body. The memo also notes about wanting Irvine to be the first in Orange County to have such an ordinance showing it’s more about political grandstanding than true safety of the citizens.
While safe storage of firearms is important and supported by Orange County Gun Owners PAC, the suggested model ordinance is overreaching and invasive of the city’s residents’ individual freedoms and ability to protect themselves within their homes. Storing your home defense gun unloaded with a trigger lock in a combination safe in a room separate from your ammunition, while arguably safer, isn’t exactly practical. A home defense weapon that isn’t easily accessible doesn’t offer much value in the event of a home invasion. There is also no way of enforcing such an ordinance.
The initial request was for this to be added to the March 28th meeting agenda, however, it has been moved to the April 11th meeting.
OCGO will be attending the Irvine City Council Meeting on April 11, 2023 in order to speak in opposition of adding this ordinance and encourage everyone to join us!
We are sending a call to action to our members and the community to join us at the meeting, speak at the meeting, and/or write/call the Irvine Councilmembers letting them know we are against this ordinance. There is a Zoom option for those that cannot attend in person as well!
The agenda is not available yet, however, we will let everyone know when it is made available so that you can start making comments on the agenda item.
Irvine City Council Meeting
Updated to April 11th, 2023
City Council Chamber
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606
Website with Instructions for Comments, Speaking, & Zoom Option:
City of Irvine Website
Please Save the Date and try to attend in person if you are available. Please share this with every Orange County & Irvine resident you know as well. We need to come out in force and show that we do not want this overreach and grandstanding in our county!