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Response to Nuclear Unicorn (Reply #54)

Tue Sep 6, 2016, 05:07 PM

55. Second on the serious time for gun crimes and follow up on straw sales

 

Most of the state rifle associations I have contact with, support stricter sentences for crimes involving guns. Preferably with mandatory multi-years sentence minimums for repeat offenders.

Right now, if you attempt a straw buy, all that usually happens is you get denied and walk away, unless you have an outstanding warrant that pops up. These should all be investigated and prosecuted.

Part of the problem in Chicago is, criminals getting an early release to the street because gun crimes are plea bargained away as a first step. So you have criminals back on the street in a few weeks rejoining their gang and having a gun.

(FYI: The average time from a gun being stolen to being used in a crime is 6 and 1/2 years now. Most of our crime guns come from right here in Illinois 67%, Mississippi is second at 18% and Indiana/Wisconsin are tied for a distant 4th place. Source: Illinois State Police Crime Guns Report, 2015)

The legislature tried to pass stricter sentencing laws in 2013 and it got blocked by the Illinois Black Legislative Caucus in committee. They offered no alternatives.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-08/news/ct-met-illinois-legislature-emanuel-guns-1108-20131108_1_gun-bill-gun-legislation-lawmakers

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