I read with interest an article in the City Paper about Mayor Bill Peduto backing down on the lost-or-stolen handgun legislation, the legality of which has come into question. The man isn’t stupid. Chew on the following hypothetical for a while and see if you can spit it back out.
Suppose that I am a straw purchaser. I buy 25 handguns in the legally allowed time frame (multiple purchases within one week open the door for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to pay you a visit if it wishes). I contact a contact who can triple or quadruple my investment on the street. The guns are “stolen.” I report this within 24 hours. BAM! I’m off the hook. If any of these guns are recovered, the authorities will return them to me, the rightful owner. Meantime, I’ve made a tidy profit, and I have done what the law requires of me.
Scary, isn’t it? But that’s exactly what could happen. Granted, one cannot keep buying guns and keep reporting them as stolen, but if it happens once, that’s too many times. Don’t mess with success. The gun laws as they exist were enacted by intelligent people. Don’t dumb them down.