I don’t understand the constitutional point, but the NRA seems to think that the right to keep and bear arms is affected by a law requiring a person to report a gun was stolen. That is, a right to keep a gun is violated by a requirement to report that gun is gone? I’m at a loss.
"Pittsburgh City Council voted in December to allow authorities to fine gun owners who fail to report lost or stolen firearms. No one has been cited under the ordinance, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said.
The NRA and four Pittsburgh gun owners sued the city in April, saying the ordinance violated state laws. Meghan Jones-Rolla, a Downtown attorney representing the NRA, said the Pittsburgh lawsuit is factually different than the Philadelphia action.
“One of our plaintiffs has had his firearm stolen. This case has to be decided on its own merits,” said Jones-Rolla, who filed paperwork yesterday to move the Pittsburgh case forward. Arguments are scheduled July 8 before Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick.
City Council President Doug Shields called the court ruling a win.
“The NRA doesn’t have a leg to stand on,” Shields said. “When you make a complaint, you have to show damages. An obligation to report something — how does that affect the right to bear arms?”
The NRA argued in its April complaint that by requiring the reporting to police of the loss or theft of a gun, within 24 hours of learning that it’s missing, the city is infringing on gun rights. The city and Brady Center countered in preliminary objections yesterday that because the gun must leave the owner’s possession before the ordinance kicks in, it can’t infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.