Gun Violence Bills Addressing All Sides of Issue Clear Cmtes

May 09, 2013 -- 4:08am

Three bills aimed at reducing gun violence by increasing criminal penalties for unlawfully carrying a concealed firearm, keeping guns out of the hands of those who have been found to be a danger to themselves or others and targeting “straw purchases” of firearms cleared their respective House committees Wednesday afternoon in Dover.

The House Administration Committee released Senate Bill 16, which would require owners of lost or stolen handguns to report such loss or theft within one week after discovering the loss or theft. SB 16 cleared the Senate last week.

Meantime, House Bill 88 cleared the House Health & Human Development Committee; this bill would help keep guns out of the hands of those determined to be a danger to themselves or others.

And finally, the House Judiciary Committee released legislation that would impose a one-year mandatory prison sentence for those convicted of unlawfully carrying a concealed firearm. Currently there is no minimum mandatory sentence for this crime.

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