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NRA Files Lawsuit to Stop Pittsburgh Anti-Gun Law

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other plaintiffs have filed a
lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania,
seeking to enjoin the City of Pittsburgh from enforcing a December 2008
ordinance that requires gun owners to report a lost or stolen firearm
to police within 24 hours.

“Time and again we see local governments infringing upon the
rights of law-abiding gun owners while ignoring the true source of
crime – criminals,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist. “The members
of the Pittsburgh City Council and the Mayor enacted this ordinance
with full awareness that their actions violate the laws of their own
Commonwealth and the Pennsylvania Constitution.”

First-time offenders will receive a $500 fine, and subsequent
violations carry a possible jail sentence. Pittsburgh City Council
proposed and passed the Lost and Stolen Gun Ordinance despite the fact
that municipalities are clearly prohibited from enacting such measures
under state law. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl refused to intervene
on behalf of gun owners and allowed the ordinance to take effect.

“Further victimizing a victim of theft is not the answer to
Pittsburgh’s crime problems. This type of unlawful conduct by the City
Counsel should be stopped,” concluded Cox. “NRA will continue working
to defend the Second Amendment freedoms of all law-abiding Pennsylvania
gun owners.”


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