The Pennsylvania House will discuss a bill proposed by David Levdansky (D-Allegheny) which requires the reporting of lost or stolen handguns. It is designed to control gun trafficking and the enormous loss of life caused by such activity. It mandates a 72 hour period in which a gun owner must report their gun missing or stolen. If such a gun is then used in a crime and it wasn't reported the owner gets a summary offense. The third incident would be a felony.
The problem is we have no controls over gun traffickers and straw purchasers which are effective. Someone can walk into a gun store and buy multiple handguns then sell them from the trunk of their car. This is a huge contributing factor to the number of illegal guns on the streets killing people. The police have no method for tracking traffickers and straw purchasers because there is no requirement for reporting lost or stolen guns.
Such a mandate would enable law enforcement to track the people who are involved, most times repeatedly, in these transactions. Reducing gun trafficking will save lives, money (taxes) and lessen crime making our communities safer.
This in no way infringes on the rights of law abiding citizens' gun rights. Any responsible person would report their lost or stolen guns anyway (unless you're Sen. Bob Regola).