Senator Bonnie Westlin Presents Bill to Create Reporting Requirement for Lost or Stolen Firearms

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Senator Bonnie Westlin (DFL – Plymouth) presented Senate File 606 in the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. The bill establishes a duty for a person who owns, possesses, or controls a firearm to report the loss or theft of that firearm to their law enforcement agency where the loss or theft occurred as soon as practicable, but no later than within 48 hours after the person knew or reasonably should have known of the loss or theft.

“We know lost and stolen firearms often end up being used in criminal activity, and law enforcement needs this information to respond quickly to gun thefts and help identify tracking patterns.” said Sen. Westlin. “While responsible gun owners already report lost and stolen firearms to law enforcement, we want to make that the standard in Minnesota. Gun violence prevention is multifaceted, and passing this bill is one way we can keep our communities and our law enforcement officers safe.”

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, the most recent nationally representative survey found that approximately 380,000 guns are stolen from private gun owners every year. One study found that lost and stolen reporting laws reduced traced illegal gun movement by 46 percent compared to states that do not have such a law.

The bill passed the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee and now moves on to the Senate Finance Committee.

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Senator Bonnie Westlin represents Senate District 42 which includes Maple Grove, Medicine Lake, and Plymouth. She is vice chair of the Elections Committee and serves on the Education Finance Committee and the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.

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