- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Handgun owners would be required to store their firearms in locked containers or disable them with trigger locks under a proposal that has received preliminary approval from the Los Angeles City Council.

The council voted 14-0 on Tuesday to instruct its attorneys to prepare an ordinance regulating the storage of handguns.

City News Service reports the measure would apply only to handguns and not to larger firearms such as rifles.

It will have to return to the council for a final vote.

The measure was championed by Councilman Paul Krekorian and backed by activists who say it will help prevent children from harming themselves with guns.

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