The City of Lincoln, Neb., has adopted a mandatory reporting requirement for gun theft victims that was inspired by an ordinance adopted by the anti-gun-rights Seattle City Council, the same body that earlier adopted a gun tax which was supposed to bring in big money to finance “gun violence” reduction efforts, but has failed to reach anywhere near the projections.
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the reporting requirement was introduced by Council Chair Jane Raybould. It mandates that gun owners report stolen firearms within 48 hours of the theft discovery. The newspaper said more than 60 firearms had been stolen from vehicles in the city in 2017 and 2018.
The council reportedly tweaked the ordinance before final adoption so prevent crime victims from being further victimized and turned into criminals by the law.
Adoption of this reporting requirement might raise some alarms with Lincoln gun owners, however, considering its origin. Seattle has not been friendly toward the Second Amendment or law-abiding gun owners for many years. In addition to adopting the gun tax, voters in the city helped pass a pair of gun control initiatives over the past five years that have only seemed to impact law-abiding gun owners in Washington State.
Seattle is home to the billionaire-backed Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a gun prohibition lobbying group.
In 2015, Seattle’s liberal city council hastily adopted the “gun violence tax” based on a law adopted in Cook County, Ill. It assesses a fee of $25 per each gun sold in the city, plus a 5-cent tax per each centerfire cartridge sold and 2 cents for each rimfire cartridge sold. It adds $1 to the cost of a box of 50 .22-caliber rimfire rounds, and the same on a box of 20 centerfire rifle or pistol cartridges. So far, there is no indication that the tax has had any effect on gun-related violent crime or the number of “shots fired” reports in the city.
What that ordinance did do was drive one of the city’s two major gun retail outlets out of the city and into a neighboring county. Instead of raising between $300,000 and $500,000 as forecast, the first year’s revenue was under $104,000, and $93,000 the second year. Last year, the take was $77,518.
The action by the Lincoln city council underscores the concern that gun control ideas spread from one place to another.
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