City council approves gun control laws

April 10, 2008 6:16:05 PM PDT
Philadelphia City Council has passed five gun-control laws without state approval. The vote Thursday was unanimous, and Mayor Michael Nutter has signed the measures and ordered their immediate enforcement.

One of the bills would require reporting lost or stolen guns. Another would impose a limit of one handgun purchase per month - an attempt to slow the proliferation of straw purchases in Philadelphia.

State lawmakers were given the sole power to regulate Pennsylvania gun sales in a 1974 law. But City Council members asked Commonwealth Court in March to let them adopt local gun control measures. They say loose state firearms laws are wreaking havoc on Philadelphia streets.

The city's 400 annual homicides have gained it the nickname "Killadelphia."