A new report from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shows that more guns were reported as lost or stolen from federally licensed gun dealers in Pennsylvania in 2012 than any other state in America and that PA has the seventh highest total lost or stolen guns of all the states, but a package of new gun reforms in the PA House includes a bill that would mandate individuals report it to the authorities when their gun is lost or stolen like the federally licensed gun dealers already have to.
The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives report shows Pennsylvania topping every other state in the nation with 1,502 guns lost or stolen from federally licensed gun dealers. The report also shows that a total of 6,566 guns were lost or stolen in Pennsylvania, placing it seventh highest among the states in that category. But it’s possible that PA should place even higher among the states than that in total lost or stolen guns, because current state law does not require individuals to report it to the authorities when their gun is stolen. A bill introduced in the PA House earlier this year would change that.
Anna Orso of Penn Live reports that House Bill 1515, introduced by state Representative Madeleine Dean, a Democrat representing Montgomery, would require individuals to report when their guns are lost or stolen. Other bills in the same package of gun reform bills introduced this year include House Bill 1479, which would prohibit large capacity magazines so that someone on a killing spree would have to reload more often and give their victims more chances to stop the killing, and House Bill 1010, which would change the state’s current background checks policy to include long guns like assault rifles and shotguns to make it harder for someone to start the killing in the first place.
As with many popular gun reform proposals, it’s somewhat shocking that something like including assault rifles in the state background check policy isn’t already the law. But at the same time, with conservative Republicans in control of state government, it’s no surprise that unfortunately right now these bills don’t seem to be going anywhere.