Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows

Baltimore gun offenders vary, Sun review shows

A young woman who says she carried a gun for her own protection. A truck driver passing through Baltimore with a gun in his cab. The manager of an optometrist’s office who, after a car accident, was found to have a gun in his vehicle.

As Baltimore’s City Council considers a proposed one-year mandatory sentence for those who illegally carry guns, The Baltimore Sun reviewed dozens of cases in which people were charged last year with illegal gun possession. The review found several instances where a first-time offender was released, only to be caught again with a gun.

But it also found that not everyone caught with a gun is the kind of hardened criminal police blame for driving...