Today, Erie City Council voted unanimously to pass a law requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to the police - joining a growing list of Pennsylvania communities that have passed this common sense reform to help police reduce access to illegal handguns.
By a 7-to-0 vote, Erie Council passed the lost or stolen firearms reporting ordinance at its regular council meeting today. Under the ordinance, firearm owners will have 72 hours to report a lost or stolen gun to the police after they have discovered it missing.
Why would such a thing even require legislation? Wouldn't any responsible gun owner feel conscience bound to report lost or stolen weapons? I suppose not, which is why the Pennsylvania municipalities are enacting these laws and hoping to make it state-wide before long.
Jana Finder, Western Pennsylvania coordinator for CeaseFirePA, noted important legal developments that have occurred since Erie Council began considering this ordinance last spring.
“In June, the PA Commonwealth Court affirmed Philadelphia’s lost or stolen handgun reporting ordinance, and, in July, the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas threw out the NRA’s lawsuit against the City of Pittsburgh, allowing Pittsburgh’s lost or stolen handgun reporting ordinance to stand.”
“The NRA’s fear and intimidation tactics are not holding up in court,” Finder added.
Why in the world would the NRA oppose this type of legislation? What could possibly be the downside for gun owners? Aren't gun control people and legal gun owners united in their opposition to guns falling into criminal hands?
What's your opinion? Is there a problem with this growing movement among Pennsylvania cities? Or is this evidence of the common ground that gun owners and gun control folks can share?
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