WE NEED LOST AND STOLEN
More than 40,000 firearms were stolen in Pennsylvania between 2012 and 2017. Yet Pennsylvania law doesn’t require that these guns be reported to law enforcement. That must change.
Lost and stolen guns appeal to those who cannot pass a background check and are the weapon of choice for criminals due to their difficulty to track. A 2016 study found that nearly a third of guns recovered at Pittsburgh crime scenes were said to have been stolen. When law enforcement approaches the individuals to whom these guns are linked, they often claim they didn’t know the gun was stolen -- a convenient and consequence-free excuse under current state law, which gives gun traffickers a free pass. Legislation requiring the reporting of lost and stolen firearms will help staunch the flow of illegal guns that fuel a significant portion of community-based violence across Pennsylvania. This legislation will encourage responsible gun owning behavior, hold irresponsible gun owners accountable, and will provide more data and information to law enforcement, helping them to better identify patterns of gun trafficking and interrupt illegal gun trafficking networks. One study revealed that these laws reduce the movement of illegal guns by 46%.
Tell your PA lawmakers: Support lost and stolen gun reporting laws.
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