Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bill mandates quick reporting of lost, stolen guns - Sacramento Bee

Gun owners would have to report stolen or missing firearms to authorities within 48 hours of discovering them gone under a bill approved by the state Assembly.

The bill by Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord is supported by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the California Police Chiefs Association. Those groups say stolen guns are a source of arms for criminals and must be tracked.

The Assembly approved SB1366 on a 45-24 party-line vote Wednesday, sending it back to the Senate for concurrence.

Republican lawmakers say the bill is unrealistic for owners who keep firearms in remote cabins or hunting blinds, or who are preoccupied after a burglary.

Opponents say the requirement might deter gun owners from reporting thefts if they realize the reporting deadline has passed.

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