CeaseFirePA, an organization that works to reduce gun violence, gathered in Pittsburgh yesterday with residents, local law enforcement and victims of gun violence to urge revival of legislation that it said could help take illegal guns off the streets. One bill, which would have prohibited purchasing more than one handgun a month, was defeated in the state House Judiciary Committee, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Another, tabled in the Judiciary Committee, would give gun owners 24 hours after their guns are stolen or go missing to report the missing weapons to police or face a $500 fine, according to CeaseFirePA.
“Law enforcement, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association [and] the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association all support this common-sense reform,” said Joe Grace, executive director of CeaseFirePA. “But the Legislature thus far has refused to act.” Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper said the legislation that would require reporting missing or stolen handguns would force gun owners to be more responsible. “Not reporting the theft or loss of a firearm means that there is a greater potential for that firearm to be used in a crime or to take a life unnecessarily,” he said.