Palm Springs is leading the charge to turn law-abiding citizens into criminals.
The Palm Springs City Council gave their first of two approval votes to a new gun control ordinance Wednesday night.
The vote was 3 to 2 with Councilmember Ginny Foat and Mayor Pro Tem Chris Mills voting no.
The ordinance will come back for a second and final approval vote at the city council's next meeting later this month.
Council member Geoff Kors originally put a version of the ordinance in front of council in July. That ordinance was kicked back to city staff and a few parts of that original ordinance were removed.
At Wednesday night's meeting, the city council was not in complete agreement on the ordinance.
"I don't see this as a gun control issue, I see this as a gun safety issue," said Mayor Robert Moon.
Other councilmembers had some issues with the proposed ordinance.
"I am not going to lock my gun in my nightstand up, so if I vote for this I would end up voting against myself," said Foat. "I am voting on a law that I know I'm going to break."
"We are going to work with the school district and police department to educate people on these topics," said Kors.
"This is not an enforceable ordinance and in my mind the only time this is going to be enforced is when it's too late," said Mills.
The proposed ordinance will require gun owners to report a theft or a loss of their firearm within 48 hours and require all guns to be kept in a locked container while no one is in the residence. A gun owner can still have the weapon out and within reach while they are in the house.
For concealed weapons permit holders the ordinance requires them to have a locked container to store their gun in a car.
Gun control advocates say this ordinance will help keep guns away from criminals.
Critics of the ordinance makes it difficult for them to protect themselves and has the potential to make law abiding gun owners, who have their guns stolen, break the law.
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