City Council could penalize gun owner when weapon is stolen out of unlocked car

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSOO RADIO) - Officials in the City of Sioux Falls continue to look at finding solutions to stolen guns.

Last week, four guns were stolen from unlocked cars in Sioux Falls.

KSOO Radio reports city councilor Pat Starr said gun owners need to make sure their gun is in a safe place.

"You have a great responsibility as a gun owner to secure that weapon so that it doesn't get stolen [and] become part of a bigger problem," he said.

The council may be looking at an ordinance in the future where a gun owner leaving their weapon in an unlocked car could receive a fine.

"So should there be a stronger penalty? I'm thinking its something that we have to take a look at," he said. "And if it takes a penalty to make you do the right thing, we're approaching that. We're at an epidemic stage of both crime and drugs that we have to nip this in the butt. We can't wait any longer to get ahead of this."

Starr said the problem goes back to the drug deals, needing to be dealt with sooner than later.

Mayor Paul TenHaken recently formed a Narcotics Crime Unit in partnership with the Sioux Falls Police Department.