It's the Sentencing...or Lack of It
- Tougher gun laws would have kept 160 people behind bars so they could not have become suspected shooters or victims of gun violence this year, according to the Chicago Police Department.
Seventy-four shooting victims and 86 shooting suspects were previously convicted of gun possession and were free after serving time behind bars or receiving probation.
They would have been behind bars and not on the street to become victims or suspects under stricter laws — which include a minimum sentence of three years in prison for gun possession and “truth in sentencing,” said [...], a spokesman for the department.
Well, that would be a start - using the laws that are already on the books. Now who has been advocating that position for years, decades even?
Oh yeah, the NRA - here's a short selection from the NRA about how gun laws are routinely ignored by the courts involving a supposed "gun runner" the liberals like to trot out as a straw-man when clamoring for more laws:
- For starters, it’s a federal felony for a resident of one state to acquire a firearm in another state, except under stringent dealer requirements. Private interstate sales between individuals trading in any firearm is illegal (Sec. 922(a)(3)). The penalty: five years in prison on each count.
Since [the] gunrunner sells his five guns to five different individuals, each transaction involved is counted so the gunrunner’s five guns apply in every violation. Here it adds up to 25 years in prison. Federal Law Tab: 25 years.
It is a federal felony for “any person” to “transfer, sell, trade, give, transport or deliver any firearm to any person” who the person knows, or has reason to know, does not reside in the same state (Sec. 922(a)(5)). The penalty: five years in prison on each count. Five guns: 25 years in prison. Federal Law Tab: 50 years.
If an out-of-state resident buys from a dealer and makes a false or fictitious statement in purchasing a firearm, or exhibits false identification, those acts are federal felonies, five years on each count (Sec. 922(a)(6)). Falsely filling in the Form 4473 is a crime punishable by 10 years in prison per count. Since [the] gunrunner used fraudulent identification and lied, and swore falsely on his 4473s, three separate crimes occurred under this section. Five guns: 150 years in prison. Federal Law Tab: 200 years.
It is a federal felony for a convicted felon to buy, receive or transport or possess any firearm or ammunition. Under Sec. 922(g)(1), each action mentioned—purchase, receipt, transporting or possession—is a 10-year federal felony. Possession means even touching a gun. If applied just to the five guns, that’s 50 years in prison. Receiving the guns from the dealer amounts to 50 years in prison. Transporting the guns to New York City is a 50-year prison sentence. These 922(g)(1) crimes call for 150 years in prison. Federal Law Tab: 350 years.
That's only the first four charges. The article goes on to cite 15 different charges totaling 1,050 years in prison for gunrunning...but when was the last time you heard of someone getting 1,000 years for that? We posted an article last month about a guy who ran 50-plus guns over state lines and he got probation.
So it's nice to see Garry making some sort of sense, even if it's by accident.
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