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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 2, 2014 11:48 AM
From: Representative Rick Saccone
To: All House members
Subject: Amending Title 42, re: Firearms Offenses Sentence, former HB 233
I will be re-introducing legislation (HB 233 of 2013) regarding sentencing for offenses committed with firearms. It has come to my attention that due to Plea bargaining practices, in many cases, the intent of Title 42 with respect to mandatory five year sentencing upon conviction of a violent crime with a firearm is too often disregarded.

My legislation, will add the requirement that the mandatory sentence imposed under Section 9712 of Title 42 shall be imposed consecutively to any other sentence imposed by the court; and prohibits concurrent sentences for such violent offenses.

It is important to treat crime, by the use of firearms, seriously. By allowing these sentences to run concurrently with other sentences, we are devaluing the punishment for a very dangerous, and life-threatening crime. This sentence should be meted out, and served, on its’ own enhancing its impact and amplifying its severity by insisting on its consecutive application.

Introduced as HB44