Getting ready to Head home from Maine, and I picked up my S&W642 that has been my carry gun all week, checked the chambers (all 5 loaded ) and dropped the gun in its holster and popped it in my pocket.
This act in Massachusetts is Illegal thanks to our “Safe Storage” laws (which are unconstitutional, but still on the books as far as I know), which requires all guns to be locked up and dissasembled whenever they are not in “direct use”.
Nope I just left a loaded gun unsecured on the bookshelf beside where I slept.
Why? Well #1 all 3 people who are in this house know I carry and know to leave a gun alone unless they need to use it.
#2 all guests we had know the same, and didn’t get within 100 feet of my gun without my supervision.
#3 I feel no need to fiddle with a loaded gun unless I have an Immediate need to.
I stay a relatives homes with small children. There I make sure to secure my gun when its not on my person (one reason why I like revolvers, you can load and unload them all day without ill effects on the ammo or gun)
This is common sense gun control, by actually letting me use my common sense in how I handle my gun.
You see I COULD comply with the Mass laws by running a trigger lock through the trigger guard of a loaded gun. This would comply with the law, and also runs a high risk of negligently discharging the firearm.
Of course if my judgment is bad and somebody is harmed because I left a loaded gun around where people might play with it I should be held liable.
Of course this is because of my negligence, not because of the gun. This is no different than leaving a pot of boiling water on the edge of a stove where curious fingers could find it. Or leaving household chemicals unsecured. Or better yet putting antifreeze in an old Margarita mix bottle, or transmission oil in a gatorade bottle (ask me about that one!).
You see, those who talk about “common sense gun control” have little interest in that. Just banning guns and extinguishing rights.