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Mandatory Gun Sentencing Bill Gets Final Council Approval

Mandatory Gun Sentencing Bill Gets Final Council Approval”

The City Council passed a bill addressing illegal gun possession that some said will help put violent offenders behind bars, but critics are anxious that the legislation may not be effective. The bill imposes a mandatory one-year jail sentence for anyone possessing a gun within 300 feet of a school, church, park or other public gathering place.

City Council President Jack Young voted in favor of the bill along with Vice President Sharon Middleton and councilmembers Yitzy Schleifer, Leon Pinkett, John Bullock, Edward Reisinger, Robert Stokes and Eric Costello.

The bill was voted on last month with the same number of votes. "It's not flawless but that's the legislative process".

"The people who are selling these guns, the people who are doing the straw purchases, the people who are selling the ammo that they're getting. We know that mandatory minimums do not work", Scott said.

"The good thing about this bill, even though it's significantly watered down, (is that) this was definitely a conversation-starter", Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

"We have a long way to go", said Davis before the vote.

A new gun law could soon be on the books in Baltimore City.

"A lot of folks harken back to the 80's and the 90's when you had the mandatory minimum federal sentencing guidelines regarding drug crimes". "You're not addicted to carrying a gun. People are sick of the violence, the violence needs to stop", he says.



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