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Public Affairs Entry: Radio Smart Talk: Cities and gun laws

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Feb 2, 2013 5:09 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, July 19, 2012:

Any law related to guns is controversial in Pennsylvania.

Such is the case with the law adopted by 30 cities across the state that requires gun owners to report lost or stolen guns.  The cities enacted the law to stop straw purchases where someone buys a gun for another person who can’t lawfully possess one.  When those guns are sometimes used in the commission of a crime, the buyer often claims the gun was lost or stolen.

Critics say it puts the onus on law-abiding gun owners who could be arrested themselves, even if they don’t realize their gun is missing.

They have allies in the legislature who say only the state can regulate guns.  As a result, legislation is being considered that would allow violators of the cities’ law to sue the city where they were charged and collect damage and attorneys’ fees.

The proposal would also permit groups representing their gun owners, such as the National Rifle Association, to sue the cities on behalf of their members.

Appearing on Thursday’s Radio Smart Talk to discuss the law will be Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray and NRA PA State Liaison John Hohenwarter.

Should cities be able to adopt their own gun laws?  Comment below.

Listen to a portion of the original one-hour program 


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