From reading here and listening to other conversations about the topic, it appears most people agree it is not a safe condition for the rifle to leave the LT cocked or for the shotgun to close after leaving the LT. One issue seems to be the penalty is overly harsh if the rifle only goes click not bang when the trigger is pulled or the shotgun is empty when opened. Also another issue seems to be if these conditions are deemed a no call, it will reduce the safety of the game by making shooters less vigilante about the condition of their firearms before leaving the LT.
If a change needs to be made why not change the penalty for click not bang and the shotgun closing to a MINOR SAFETY instead of a SDQ? There will still be a penalty, it just wouldn't be as harsh.
It looks like Captain Bill types faster than I do.