October 27, 2008

Pittsburgh Follows Philly, Introduces Legally Troubled Gun Bills

PITTSBURGH -- A bill the Pittsburgh city council tentatively approved last week would require gun owners to tell police if their firearm has been lost or stolen. The ordinance would require people to report their missing guns within 24 hours.

A similar law enacted in Philadelphia has drawn legal challenges, resulting in a Sept. 26 Commonwealth Court ruling that said laws governing the sale or use of guns is the state Legislature's jurisdiction. Two Philadelphia council members have appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court.

Seven of council's nine members co-sponsored the legislation. Members typically vote in favor of legislation they sponsor.

According to the proposal, gun owners who break the law would be fined up to $500 for the first offense and up to $1,000 or sentenced to 90 days in jail for subsequent offenses.

Comments (4)

I have land in Green Co south of Pittsburg and some day would like to move there. The more these idiots do up there makes me think I'm better off in VA

Posted by: DAVID L | October 30, 2008 6:38 PM    Report this comment

Dah... Shouldn't a stolen gun be part of a police report from a burglary? Or maybe the police are too busy to take a report or respond to an after-the-fact crime?

Posted by: Steve823 | October 30, 2008 1:11 PM    Report this comment

"Within 24 hours " of what event? The robbery? The loss? The discovery of its "missing" condition? Suppose my house is robbed while I'm away on ten weeks vacation? Seems like a poorly worded bill......typical of current brand of legislators.......note the poorly thought-out Nebraska "child-abandonment" legislation in the news this week.

Posted by: juddee27 | October 30, 2008 9:35 AM    Report this comment

See what happens when local governments are allowed to ignore the law without personal responsibility for doing so. These bozos will pass an illegal law and it will spend untold amounts of the public's money defending their arrogance and it won't cost them a dime. Pretend you are a "God" on the taxpayers money. Gee, what fun this is for elitist narcissists. How about huge fine for wasting the taxpayers money and removal from office. I think that will cure the swelling of their heads.

Posted by: TBILL | October 28, 2008 2:24 PM    Report this comment

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