Friday, June 25, 2010

NRA Bid to Void Stolen Gun Law Fails Again

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court dismissed today the National Rifle Association’s challenge of a Pittsburgh ordinance that requires gun owners tell police if their firearm is lost or stolen.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence sided with the city in the case. Brady Center Senior Attorney Daniel Vice says this is the fifth Pennsylvania court ruling against the NRA on this issue.

“This is a big victory for Pittsburgh’s efforts to protect families from gun violence and a big loss for the NRA and gun traffickers,” says Vice.

“This is certainly a good signal to other cities and towns across Pennsylvania that have been passing similar laws to go ahead and do that, to enact this common-sense law that helps law enforcement stop gun trafficking and to help recover guns that have been stolen by criminals.”

Vice says though the NRA could potentially appeal to the state’s highest court, the Supreme Court rejected the Rifle Association’s challenge of a similar Philadelphia law.

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