2009-06-11 / Local & State

Municipality Passes Lost, Stolen Gun Law

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Council members in a suburban Pittsburgh municipality have passed legislation requiring gun owners to report when their weapons are lost or stolen.

Wilkinsburg's council unanimously approved the measure Thursday night and Mayor John Thompson says he'll sign it.

Council Vice President Jason Cohn says it's a reasonable step to help keep handguns away from criminals and will help protect the public.

The measure requires gun owners to report missing weapons within 24 hours of their disappearance. Violators face fines up to $500 and would have to take gun safety courses.

Allentown, Harrisburg, Reading, Pottsville, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have stolen gun laws. The National Rifle Association is suing Philadelphia over their laws' legality.

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