City council to back mayor on tougher gun sentencing
By Justin Fenton
Dec 09, 2010 | 11:19 AM
Tonight at the Baltimore City Council's final meeting of the year, Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young will introduce a resolution calling on state lawmakers to support efforts by Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake to tighten sentencing guidelines for illegal gun possession.
In a press release, Young said he had Thanksgiving dinner with more than a dozen mothers who lost sons to gun violence. "I don't want another mother to have to suffer because their child was gunned down in the streets of this city," he said.
All of the city council's members have signed on to the resolution with the exception of Bill Cole and Rikki Spector, though a spokesman for Young said they still have an opportunity to do so at the council meeting.
For more on the legislation Rawlings-Blake plans to push in the upcoming legislative session, click here.