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Council passes controversial bill on stolen guns

Pittsburgh City Council gave its first approval today to legislation requiring that anyone report a lost or stolen firearm report that within 24 hours or potentially face a $500 fine.

The 6-1 vote, with two abstentions, sets up a final vote likely next week, which would send the legislation to Mayor Luke Ravenstahl for his signature or veto, and then potentially to the courts, where similar measures have been challenged.

“Who really cares about it being unconstitutional?” said Councilwoman Tonya Payne, a supporter. “This is what’s right to do, and if this means that we have to go out and have a court battle, then that’s fine ... We have plenty of dead bodies coming up in our streets every single day, and that is unacceptable.”

The lone no vote was by Councilman Ricky Burgess, who argued that it would be a “false cure” that would be “particularly cruel” to his violence-plagued northeastern Pittsburgh district.

“This legislation will not strike a blow to straw purchasers,” he said. “This ordinance will not be enforced, no loopholes will be closed and no lives will be saved, because no municipality can legally regulate firearms of any kind, at any time, for any reason.”

Council’s vote is a win for groups engaged in a statewide push to get local rules for reporting lost and stolen guns. The state House rejected a statewide bill in April.

Philadelphia has sought to enforce similar legislation, but the effort has been tied up in litigation. Legally, the question is whether the state ban on local laws on “the transfer, ownership, transportation or possession” of guns extends to the reporting of lost or stolen firearms.

The Commonwealth Court threw out Philadelphia’s measure, and other gun control rules there. The matter is heading for the state Supreme Court.

Wow. Just wow. And the Big 0 (oops, I meant “Big O") isn’t even in office yet. Left wing loonies running amok. Constitution? We doan need no steenkin Constitution!!

If PA has identified certain people who they feel are straw purchasers then they need to do a bit of stake out and catch them in the act, then prosecute the hell out of them. That’s following the law.
Since nearly the exact same legislation has already been struck down in Philly, the Pittsburgh idiots know damn well this one is going to fail as well. I wish the court could fine them 10 million or so for wasting their time. Out of the Council’s pockets too, not the taxpayer’s.

And kudos to Burgess, the one guy there with even a lick of sense.

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Ok BMEWSers ... find Pennsyltucky a legal solution. Or a mostly legal solution: 

By the most amazing good fortune, some guy with no criminal record at all finds a bag of money. He celebrates his good fortune by going out and spending half the cash to buy a pistol and a box of ammo. He stores them on his back porch, where the screen door has a 2 cent latch. Somehow, the next morning, they’ve been stolen. And it happens again and again and again, sometimes 3 times a week!

You KNOW he’s doing the straw purchase thing. Laws for “one gun a month” have been shot down. Laws for “must report it stolen” have been shot down. Outside of poppin a cap upside his head, how are you going to stop what he’s doing?

h/t to Neil Boortz


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