Gun storage ordinance aims to curb firearm theft in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- More than 1,700 guns have been stolen from unoccupied vehicles in Milwaukee in the past three years. 

Leaders in Milwaukee want to crack down on firearm owners to slow gun thefts.

A new ordinance requires firearms to be safely stored at all times, including when leaving them in an unattended vehicle.

Firearm owners would also be required to report missing or stolen firearms to the police within 24 hours.

"We were hoping that this would kind of curb some of the gun violence based on responsibility of gun owners," said District 15 Alderman Russell Stamper.

"It's one less funeral and it's one less traged," said Nicholas DeSiato, MPD chief of staff. "Please, folks, be responsible for your firearms."

Firearm owners would also face a penalty if a stolen gun goes unreported an is used in a crime.

The Public Safety and Health Committee passed the ordinance unanimously.


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