City Council OKs Lost-Stolen Gun Measure
Boren, Jeremy, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
It might be illegal, but Pittsburgh City Council voted, 6-1, Tuesday to fine, and possibly jail, city residents who fail to notify police within 24 hours after their guns are lost or stolen.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl refused to say whether he will use his 10- day window to veto, sign or allow the bill to become law. He said he doubts the legislation, which aims to prevent straw purchasers from lawfully buying guns and passing them on to criminals, will quell gun violence.
"My concern is that this ... will send false hope to people ... because the reality is the legislation -- in and of itself at the local level -- gives us no further ability to get guns off the street without the help of the state," Ravenstahl said.
Councilwoman Tonya Payne said the legislation will save lives.
"Oftentimes people ask me, 'How do we get these guns on our street?' " Payne said. "We have a lot of suburbanites who come into this city, carrying their arms, and they trade them off for these stamp bags of heroin. People, let's call a spade a spade. People don't want to hear the truth. Guns and drugs are related."
Council members Doug Shields, Bill Peduto, Darlene Harris, Patrick Dowd, Bruce Kraus and Payne voted for the bill. Councilman Ricky Burgess cast the lone vote against it. Councilman Jim Motznik was absent. …