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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today during its first meeting of the New Year addressed gun violence by passing an ordinance to require safe firearm storage and to prohibit untraceable “ghost guns”' to be distributed or created in San Diego County. Today’s action by the Board was a follow-up to the policy first introduced by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisors Terra Lawson-Remer last October.

“Enacting stronger safety measures for gun storage and reducing the possibility for more unregulated firearms to be distributed in our neighborhoods is another important step toward fulfilling our obligation to help protect San Diegans from unnecessary gun violence,” said Chair Fletcher. “I want to thank Councilmember Marni von Wilpert who authored and passed “ghost gun” legislation in the city; and City Attorney Mara Elliott for her trailblazing “safe storage” policy, for inspiring the ordinance we passed today.”   

“This ordinance will help to keep firearms out of the wrong hands," said Supervisor Lawson-Remer. "This new law will help to save lives throughout San Diego County.”

This ordinance passed today by a vote of 3 to 2 makes the following changes:  

  • Updates definitions regarding firearms to include unserialized “ghost guns” and parts, 
  • Prohibits the possession or distribution of parts without serial numbers that are used in the creation or possession of ghost guns, and 
  • Prohibits 3D printing of firearms or parts
  • Requires the safe storage of firearms 

Unlike state legislation, the new County ordinance includes the parts of ghost guns in the definitions and prohibitions because the gun parts are designed to be easily assembled and can quickly become as dangerous as a completed gun.

The Board also directed staff to provide an annual report on the impact of gun violence within San Diego County.

Click here to read the entire Board Letter and click here to read the “ghost guns” and  “safe storage” ordinance. The ordinance will come back before the Board of Supervisors on January 25, 2022, for a second reading. Later this year County staff will bring back the third component of the original policy proposal - Community-Based Gun Violence Prevention - and present options for future programs, developed based on the input of community leaders.