LA to consider criminalizing failure to report theft
Calif. Rifle & Pistol Assocation reports that the LA city council will consider a measure making it a crime to fail to report a lost or stolen firearm within 48 hours.
The strange part about those laws to me is -- why wouldn't a person report a theft? The logical reason is that they know it's wasted effort since it won't be investigated. Police are overloaded with theft reports, and really can't take much time. I've reported two thefts that I recall. In one, a detective did call back and said he would check pawn shop reports for the sertial numbers. In the other, the theft was from a glove compartment, I offered to drive it down to the PD parking lot so they could fingerprint the inside of it without having to do anything other than come out of the office. They declined, giving me some tale that fingerprints "evaporate" and thus would already be gone. My father had one gun theft, and never bothered to report it since, he observed, nothing would be done anyway.