Story here – the Baltimore City Council unanimously passed a measure which requires gun owners to report stolen guns to the police within a 24 hour period, which would automatically make you a criminal if your house was burgled while you were on vacation and didn’t report the crime.
Stolen gun reporting requirements often seem pretty harmless on the surface – I mean, who wouldn’t want gun owners to report stolen firearms to the police? It seems like such a “common sense” measure, right? And that’s the thing, it is common sense…because we already do it. You’re essentially passing a law which mandates people do something that they’ve already been doing, which is an unnecessary law to begin with, and will certainly do nothing to combat crime. Do you really think Johnny Crackhead is going to roll into the police station and tell the cops that his Hi-Point was stolen?
Ultimately, that’s my problem with bills like this – they don’t do anything to reduce crime, they only provide another avenue by which the government can turn a law abiding gun owner into a de facto criminal, for nothing other than being on vacation.