Letters to the Editor for Jan. 9

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 9

Require reporting guns lost or stolen Nearly 1,600 Pennsylvanians die from gun violence every year. How many more must die before we can have a reasonable conversation on how to make our communities safer? There are sensible laws we can put in place that respect the Second Amendment and promote responsible firearm ownership. One of these sensible regulations is to require the reporting of lost and stolen guns. Why would a responsible gun owner object to reporting a lost and stolen gun? Don’t most people report valuable stolen property to law enforcement? And, at an average of $250 to $500 for a 9MM pistol, a handgun can be considered valuable. An estimated 43,768 firearms were stolen in Pennsylvania between 2012 and 2017. Many of them were actually sold to prohibited purchasers and used in crimes, but the hands of law enforcement are tied because current PA law does not require gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to the police. Requiring firearm owners to report lost or stolen guns would allow law enforcement to know there are missing firearms in the community, return them to their rightful owners, and identify straw purchasers who continually “lose” their firearms. Legislation to give law enforcement the tools they need to combat gun violence by requiring lost and stolen firearms reporting has been introduced in Harrisburg but is waiting for a vote. I urge our state legislators to support HB 980 and SB 217 . Promoting firearm safety policies like lost and […]

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