The National Rifle Association fired back in its lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh yesterday, saying the city's legal argument that gun rights end when the weapon is lost or stolen is flawed. State pre-emption of local laws on the ownership, possession or transfer of firearms doesn't end when the weapon is lost, said Meghan Jones-Rolla, one of the lawyers for the NRA who authored a response to the city's objections to the organization's lawsuit. "You [as a gun owner] still have an interest in that gun," she said. Otherwise, she added, "a thief or someone who finds the item has greater procedural rights than does the true owner."

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