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    Default Lost & Stolen: CeaseFire Adds 2 More Towns

    http://ceasefirepa.org/node/145
    MONTGOMERY COUNTY – June 3, 2010 – Two more Montgomery County towns have adopted lost or stolen handgun reporting requirements. The Whitemarsh Board of Supervisors and the Plymouth Township Council have voted in favor of adopting the reform. Whitemarsh and Plymouth are the seventh and eighth Montgomery County communities to take action in favor of lost or stolen, bringing the total number statewide to 42 cities and towns that have taken action by passing local laws and calling on the General Assembly to follow with statewide adoption of the reform.

    Whitemarsh Board Chairman Bob Hart announced: “The Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors is proud to join dozens of other municipalities across the Commonwealth in passing this reform. The mandatory reporting of lost or stolen firearms is a sensible step to protect the residents of Whitemarsh. We hope other communities feel the same way – and take similar action in their own towns. And we urge the General Assembly to take heed of what all these municipalities are doing – and pass this reform statewide.”

    Vince Gillen, Chairman of the Plymouth Council, echoed Mr. Hart, “This is a commonsense reform that gun owners should abide by. If somebody stole your car – you’d report it missing. The same goes for a firearm. The difference is that when a gun goes missing, somebody might wind up dead. As a gun owner myself, the first thing I’d do if my gun went missing is report it missing. This reform adds no additional burden to a law abiding gun owner, but it will make it a lot easier for law enforcement to identify the irresponsible and malicious ones.”

    Beginning this month, residents of each town will now be required to report lost or stolen firearms missing to the police within 72 hours of discovering the loss or theft. The reform has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, and Pennsylvania District Attorneys. Both Plymouth Township Chief of Police Joseph Lawrence and Whitemarsh Township Chief of Police Eileen Behr supported the reform.

    “We see the ordinance as a means to promote safety and responsibility,” explained Whitemarsh Chief Eileen Behr. “We seek to aid gun owners in locating any missing weapon and to keep guns out of the hands of criminals or people, including juveniles, who do not respect the laws or knowledge in use of guns.”

    Polling conducted by CeaseFirePA found that 96 percent of Pennsylvanians support a lost or stolen handgun reporting requirement, including 92 percent of gun owners. In a national poll of NRA members conducted by Mayors Against Illegal Guns 78 percent of NRA members expressed support for a lost or stolen handgun reporting ordinance – and even the NRA’s own 2010 legislative questionnaire encourages gun owners to report lost or stolen guns missing to the police.

    “We’re fortunate that our State Representative, Mike Gerber, has been such a strong leader on this issue,” said Chairman Hart, “By passing a resolution on top of the ordinance, Whitemarsh is calling on the rest of the assembly to realize that this isn’t about gun rights – it is about law enforcement and doing what is best for the entire Pennsylvania community.”

    The action taken in Whitemarsh and Plymouth followed a conference with State Representative Mike Gerber, who commented: “I greatly appreciate the efforts put forth in Whitemarsh and Plymouth townships and am proud to have played a part in helping them advance these local ordinances. I hope more municipalities across the state will follow suit and that my colleagues in Harrisburg will hear their message loud and clear: ‘Pennsylvanians, including law abiding gun owners, support sensible reforms including requiring the reporting of lost or stolen handguns.’

    CeaseFirePA Executive Director Joe Grace congratulated each town on its decisive action. “One community after another is calling for the State Legislature to take action. In the last two years these towns have helped raise awareness of this gap in Pennsylvania law. Pennsylvanians understand that there are certain steps we can take to make it harder for criminals to get guns – and this is one of them. 42 towns have now stepped up to the plate. When will the State Legislature follow their lead?”

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    Default Re: Lost & Stolen: CeaseFire Adds 2 More Towns

    if these laws are so great..why hasn't anyone been convicted yet?
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    Default Re: Lost & Stolen: CeaseFire Adds 2 More Towns

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewjs18 View Post
    if these laws are so great..why hasn't anyone been convicted yet?
    I personally don't believe they care if anyone gets convicted or not. One step at a time. They're long-term goal is for us to be more in-line with the UK.

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    Default Re: Lost & Stolen: CeaseFire Adds 2 More Towns

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewjs18 View Post
    if these laws are so great..why hasn't anyone been convicted yet?
    or even prosecuted yet.

    as soon as someone is prosecuted and convicted, they will have grounds to get these ordinance declared null and void.

    thus, my guess is that we will never see anyone prosecuted for it.
    F*S=k

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    Default Re: Lost & Stolen: CeaseFire Adds 2 More Towns

    eve if they do prosecute the real deal, it'll be light, only if you're a law abiding citizen will you actually go to prison.

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_677207.html

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