A bill that would require safe storage of guns and ammunition in homes with children passed out of a committee of Philadelphia City Council on Wednesday without a word of opposition from gun-rights advocates.
But that does not mean pushback isn't coming.
Police Capt. Francis Healy, while saying the Police Department supports the effort, testified that the wording of the bill could prove "problematic and controversial" and that he expected a legal challenge.
"This will be their argument: that this prevents the individual homeowner from getting access to a loaded firearm quick enough to be useful enough to defend himself or his family," Healy said.
The legislation, introduced by Council President Darrell L. Clarke in April, would require all firearms in homes with children under the age of 18 to be kept unloaded and stored in a locked container, with the ammunition in a separate locked container. The exception would be when the firearm or ammunition is in the "immediate control" of a person with a license to carry a gun.