LIPW statements on gun violence appear on this website under Current Focus. There are many facets to violence in America,but the failure of public policymakers in America to enforce and enact reasonable gun legislation is incomprehensible. We are glad to share this appeal by Mayor Rick Gray, Lancaster City.
I’m the Mayor of Lancaster, and one of the toughest and most heartbreaking challenges I face is gun violence. So, working with city council, we’ve passed some ordinances we think help make Lancaster safer, like requiring people to let the police know if one of their guns has been lost or stolen. We think that helps us find guns before they can be used in a crime and also helps stop the flow of illegal guns through trafficking.
But some extremists can’t even agree that lost and stolen guns should be reported! And last year, the NRA sued us because of our lost and stolen ordinance. It cost us tens of thousands of dollars to defend that suit before it was dismissed. And that comes out of taxpayer money. Now the NRA is trying again to get a law passed to give it special status to declare our (and other cities’) regulations void and to sue us to repeal them.
Mayor Rick Gray
[The letter was e mailed by CeasefirePa]
We applaud the public voice of Lancaster City’s Mayor Rick Gray. In a September 2013 LIPW Forum, Mayor Gray highlighted the severity of the problem at the local level. Also in 2013, LIPW adopted statements of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Friends Committee on National Legislation and in the years that followed LIPW signed on to the efforts of CeasefirePa http://www.ceasefirepa.org. EVERYTOWN For Gun Safety is a national initiative. http://everytown.org
Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online.