Council member introduces proposal to fine gun owners if don’t report lost or stolen firearms

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(July 13, 2015) – If your gun is stolen and you don't report it, you could be fined a lot of money.

The new proposal was introduced Monday night at the City-County Council meeting.

Indianapolis City-County Council member Kip Tew wants to make it mandatory for a gun owner in Marion County to report a lost or stolen firearm within 48 hours to the Marion County Health Department. A violator could be fined up to $2,500!

The Democrat says the health department is one of a few agencies that oversees all parts of the county.

But firearms attorney Guy Relford thinks this proposal is against state law.

The state's preemption law says a political subdivision may not regulate firearms.  Relford says he plans to reach out to the city attorney.

“The motivation of wanting people to report stolen firearms – I totally understand. And agree with. But the city of Indianapolis does not have the legal authority to pass this ordinance,” said Relford.

That ordinance now heads to a city-county council committee for debate in August.

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