Stephens’ Bill to Address Gun Violence Receives Broad Support
5/9/2012
HARRISBURG—A bill sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) that would require mandatory jail time for felons illegally possessing guns was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee with near unanimous support from both sides of the aisle.

House Bill 2331 would impose a five-year minimum sentence without parole for felons caught possessing firearms and it would define the crime as a "crime of violence" triggering Pennsylvania's three strikes law that requires a 10 year sentences for a second offense and 25 years for a third offense.

There is currently no mandatory minimum sentence.

“This legislation targets our most violent offenders,” Stephens said. “These are the repeat offenders who’ve shown little hope for rehabilitation. These are the violent criminals from whom we must protect our citizens.”

Statewide law enforcement agencies including the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association support the bill. Stephens hopes to have the bill considered by the full House of Representatives by the end of the month.

State Representative Todd Stephens
151st District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:
David Foster
215-744-2600
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