The Baltimore City Council voted 8-7 Monday to give preliminary approval to weakened legislation originally designed to impose a mandatory one-year jail sentence on people who illegally carry guns.
After dozens rallied outside City Hall to oppose the legislation, Councilman John Bullock cast what was seen as the deciding vote in favor of the bill.
Bullock spoke at length of the wrongheadedness of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. But, he said, guns are a different matter.
“They are inherently tools of violence that result in the loss of life,” Bullock, who represents West Baltimore, said of firearms carried illegally. “Growing up in a violent neighborhood...