Although gun control advocates have hailed the decision, the ruling fails to address the ordinance on the merits. It simply follows a similar ruling from the Commonwealth Court concerning Philadelphia’s lost or stolen handgun reporting ordinance.
Allentown, Reading, Pottsville, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Wilkinsburg and Philadelphia have all passed lost or stolen handgun reporting ordinances into law in recent months.
“With this ruling, I would anticipate that more and more municipalities across Pennsylvania will adopt lost and stolen handgun reporting, which gives further impetus for the General Assembly to pass this reform statewide,” said State Representative David K. Levdansky (D- Allegheny/Washington).
Phil Goldsmith, CeaseFirePA president, adds that “Gun violence is a statewide problem – not just a city problem, and the issue of reporting lost or stolen handguns to the police must be resolved by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. This decision today reaffirms our position. Our focus remains the same - to bring this growing, statewide coalition of cities, towns, Mayors, City Council members, police chiefs, faith leaders, and citizens to the General Assembly to demand that they pass lost or stolen handgun reporting as a common sense reform to protect every Pennsylvanian.”
Now excuse me while I go look for my howitzer. I'm always losing the damn keys.