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Bill would mandate quick reporting of stolen guns

The Associated Press

Gun owners would have to report stolen or missing firearms to authorities within 48 hours of discovering them missing under a bill approved by the state Senate.

The bill by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, a Democrat from Concord, is backed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the California Police Chiefs Association.

SB1366 passed Monday on a 23-14 vote and goes to the Assembly.

Republican lawmakers say the bill is unrealistic for gun owners who keep firearms in remote hunting cabins or blinds, or who are preoccupied after being burglarized.

They also say the requirement might deter gun owners from reporting thefts if they realize the 48-hour reporting deadline has passed, especially because a third violation can bring a penalty of up to six months in jail.