Rawlings-Blake: Gun Legislation Targets Criminals, Not Gun Owners

Wednesday, February 02, 2011 – Robert Lang
Baltimore’s mayor has a message for those who oppose tougher gun laws that she wants state lawmakers to enact.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told WBAL’s sister station “98 Rock” this morning that the bills she wants lawmakers to consider target criminals and not the legal gun owner.

She also said the tougher sentences have been enacted in New York City and they have reduced crime there.

“You can get all nuts about your right to arms and all of that stuff, but you can’t argue with the numbers,” Rawlings-Blake told the Mickey, Amelia and Speigel Show. 

“We have a shot here to make a real dent in the number of lives that area lost and change the culture of violence on the streets of Baltimore.

Identical bills were introduced in the House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate this week. 

The first bill imposes a 5-to-15-year sentence for those who use a gun to commit a felony.   Another bill imposes an 18-month to 10 year sentence for anyone convicted of possessing an illegal firearm.

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will hold a hearing on these bills next week. 


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