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Lawmaker Pushing Stiffer Gun Sentences Pulls Measure

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 17:45:18 CDT
By: AP

A lawmaker pushing legislation to stiffen sentences for gun crimes called off action on the bill today. Ryan Keith is a spokesman for Rep. Mike Zalewski (zuh-LEHS'-kee) of Riverside. He says Zalewski is still meeting with opponents of the bill with an eye toward compromise. It was scheduled for a committee hearing today. The measure would require a 3-year prison sentence for illegally packing a loaded gun. Felons and gang members could get 10 years in prison. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made it a legislative priority because of rampant gun violence in Chicago. But the National Rifle Association is worried that law-abiding gun owners who are in the wrong place at the wrong time could get socked with a three-year sentence.

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