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Robert A. Zirkin

Amid rise in violence, Davis to press Annapolis for tougher gun sentences

Amid rise in violence, Davis to press Annapolis for tougher gun sentences

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis plans to step up efforts to lobby lawmakers for more prison time for people arrested with illegal handguns and high-capacity gun magazines. And he intends to call on trauma surgeons and grieving family members to help make his case.

Davis' pledge to seek General Assembly action comes as city police struggle with an unparalleled rise in shootings and homicides since the April 2015 riots. His proposals also come amid a raft of gun control proposals expected to be debated in Annapolis, including bills to ban guns from college campuses and prevent people on federal terrorist watch lists from buying them.

The commissioner's ideas will...

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