Donald C. Fry

Baltimore leaders propose mandatory sentence for illegal gun possession

Baltimore leaders propose mandatory sentence for illegal gun possession

Baltimore leaders on Friday proposed changing city law to require a mandatory one-year sentence for illegal gun possession in much of the city — within 100 yards of a school, park, church, public building or other public place of assembly.

The bill would prevent any part of the one-year sentence from being suspended, and preclude those with such convictions from receiving parole.

Mayor Catherine Pugh said she’d like to do more to restrict guns, but “this is what we can do locally” without changing state law.

Pugh acknowledged that there is a church or a school “on nearly every corner” in the city, and said “as it relates to this legislation, that’s a good...

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