This is in response to the thread:
Manny Villar's CHILD SAFETY FIREARMS ACT
The Cons of having an Internal Lock on a Firearm
When the need to reach for a firearm arises, a life or lives would most probably be at stake. And the only time left to utilize what the tool is intended for may be no later than NOW. Any delay or malfunction at such a crucial moment could result in the unnecessary loss of lives.
Why is an internal lock on a firearm unnecessary?
First, more than an addition to the cost of firearms, an internal lock adds to the complexity of mechanical equipment in terms of more probability of failure and delay. It simply reduces the reliability of a firearm to perform when necessary. An internal lock adds more places for dirt, lint, grime, and rust to hold on to.
Second, firearms are not the only hazard that unsupervised children can come into contact with. There are more matches, insecticides, rat poisons, acids, knives and electrical outlets in the common household than firearms. How many children have fallen off balconies, drowned in ponds / tubs, and eaten firecrackers? The negligence of parents / guardians comes into question here.
Third, would having an internal lock on the firearm REDUCE the liability of a parent / guardian should an accidental discharge occur? It should in fact increase the liability of the parent / guardian simply because the child was left for a long enough time to overcome the internal lock! But what are the chances that an accidental discharge involving children and internally locked firearms would result in a more serious offense for the parents / guardians? Most likely, parents / guardians would be more inclined to leave children unsupervised for longer periods of time because the firearm is internally locked! Internally locked firearms would promote a false sense of safety.
Fourth, should the need to render a firearm inoperable arise, ammunition could be removed. Dismantle the firearm if a more drastic measure is called for. Most modern firearms can be taken apart without tools within seconds. It would be easier for a child to disengage the internal lock of a firearm when it finds the key compared to reassembling the firearm when it finds the barrel.
And finally, having an internally locked firearm does not promote firearm handling proficiency. It does the exact opposite. Mastering the “failure to fire” drills and “failure to eject drills” is now insufficient without learning the “failure to unlock” drill.
Remember KISS? Keep It Simple Stup..! Better yet, get a hammer.