Don't let them punish towns for trying to keep us safe!
Tomorrow lawmakers will vote on a law to punish towns that have taken local action against gun violence. Make sure they know that their job is to punish criminals who supply dangerous people with illegal guns - not cities and towns that are trying to protect themselves - especially not when the state refuses to take action of its own.
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More information about House Bill 1523.
Since 2008, when state lawmakers rejected a proposal for a statewide missing handgun reporting requirement - dozens Pennsylvania cities and towns have taken action locally. Some have passed the reform as local law. Others have passed resolutions asking the legislature to adopt the reform statewide.
The gun lobby couldn't stop cities and towns from doing whatever they could to protect their citizens, especially not something as commonsense as this. If your gun is lost or stolen - report it missing to the police. That way, law enforcement can begin looking for a gun before it turns up at the scene of a crime.
The gun lobby has even tried suing the cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, but judges - from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to the State Supreme Court - have allowed the law to stand.
Unhappy, the gun lobby is now pressuring legislators to punish cities and towns that are simply trying to crack down criminals who use and traffic illegal guns. Instead of waiting for a court ruling that says whether or not the local action to require the reporting of missing firearms is legal - this legislation has been proposed to intimidate towns into repealing their laws prematurely. Read the bill here.
Is your town under attack?
Cities and towns across Pennsylvania have taken action, including almost every major city. You might live in a community that is threatened by this proposal. Instead of bullying towns that are trying to protect the families that live there, the State Legislature should follow their example and adopt statewide reforms to crack down on criminals who use and traffic illegal guns.
View PA communities that have taken action in favor of lost or stolen handgun reporting. in a larger map
|Allentown||Braddock||Whitemarsh Township||Radnor Township*|
|Reading||Aliquippa||Cheltenham||Upper Merion Township*|
|West Homestead||Liberty||Swarthmore*||Abington Township*|
*Town that passed a resolution calling for state action, instead of passing a local ordinance.