Philly standoff points to need for new gun law, Wolf says

Philly standoff points to need for new gun law, Wolf says

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is urging the passage of a law requiring Pennsylvania gun owners to report stolen or lost firearms. The governor suggested Tuesday that it could have prevented the shooter in last week’s wounding of six Philadelphia police officers from getting such firepower. A lost or stolen guns reporting law is part of a slew of actions Wolf is pursuing ahead of the Legislature’s fall session when gun-violence prevention debates could take a prominent spot. "We need to require people to report stolen or lost guns so that people like the shooter in Philadelphia can’t go out on the street and illegally get a hold of a long gun to shoot innocent people," Wolf said Tuesday during his regular appearance on KDKA-AM radio in Pittsburgh. Maurice Hill is charged with attempted murder, assault and other counts. He is accused of shooting at officers who were serving a drug warrant Wednesday and then keeping police at bay while he fired from inside a rowhome. The six officers were released after being treated at hospitals. Authorities have not said how Hill allegedly got the semi-automatic rifle and handgun used in Wednesday’s standoff, but his long criminal history should have prevented him from legally possessing them. Requiring people to report lost and stolen guns to police has long been viewed by advocates as a way to curb street-level trafficking of guns for use in crimes. It could prevent someone from legally buying guns and simply giving them […]

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