Lansing, Michigan (WLNS) – Mayor Andy Shore has introduced a decree in Lansing City Council requiring gun owners to report stolen weapons to the Lansing Police Department.
The new rule is created by state law. Current Michigan law requires owners of stolen weapons to report the theft to Michigan police.
But the law does not require people to provide the same information to local law enforcement. Shore wants to change that.
“Illegal weapons on our streets have had a devastating effect on so many lives in our community. We need to be able to keep track of when weapons are stolen and go outside. This ordinance requires people to report lost weapons to the Lansing Police Department, ensuring that the LPD has timely and up-to-date information on stolen weapons. Weapons owners are responsible for the safety of their weapons, and this will help ensure that they keep their weapons in a safe place so that they do not end up on the streets. ”
Mayor Andy Shore, Lansing
The city hopes the ordinance will help local law enforcement get the same information that Michigan police receive.
“We know that violence occurs with stolen weapons. If the LPD has the knowledge and information about these weapons, it will help identify potential suspects, ”said Lansing Police Chief Eleri Sozby.
The ruling stipulates that anyone who fails to report the theft of a firearm can be fined up to $ 500.
Lansing City Council has sent a resolution to the Public Safety Committee for further consideration.