Aliquippa Mayor Anthony Battalini wants to give his city’s police officers every possible tool available when it comes to stopping gun violence such as the recent shootings in the city’s Plan 12 neighborhood.
And he said he thinks an ordinance that requires residents to report lost or stolen firearms might be a good way to do just that.
“I have some questions about how it could be enforced, sure,” Battalini said. “But even if it gives our officers a heads-up about weapons that might be out there, it would have to help.”
What could possibly be the objection to something like this? The article goes on to say the NRA has been fighting this "in court and out." But we already knew that, didn't we? Doesn't it sometimes seem the pro-gun crowd will oppose any and all legislation concerning guns regardless of its merits? That's the way it seems to me. In this particular case though, there's another reason.
Even Battalini, whose city hasn’t formally considered a similar ordinance, has been the subject of an NRA campaign because he joined the state’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition.
“I’m a gun owner, and I’d never do anything to take guns out of the hands of people who own them legally,” he said. “This doesn’t have anything to do with gun control, and it doesn’t have any effect on legal gun owners.
“The thing with the NRA is that they’re not the ones who have to talk to the mother of a kid who’s been killed by a gun,” Battalini said. “I’ve had to do that. Where is the NRA then?”
Joining the MAIG is generally enough to become a target of the NRA, even if you're a gun owner and supporter of the 2nd Amendment. The pro-gun folks sure are a contentious lot, they even like to fight among themselves.
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