|Posted:||January 19, 2017 11:05 AM|
|From:||Representative Todd Stephens|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Taking Aim at Violent Criminals --Juvenile Felons and Juvenile Drug Dealers|
I will be re-introducing legislation (prior HB1497) to address juvenile drug dealers and firearms. Data from the Sentencing Commission shows that offenders with prior juvenile felony drug offenses are more likely than offenders with prior adult felony drug offenses to be re-arrested for a firearms offense, yet the penalties are substantially lower. My bill will enhance the penalties for those people who have (a) major criminal adjudication(s) and choose to illegally carry a firearm. These individuals are dangers to our communities and need to be punished accordingly.
To achieve this goal, I will be introducing legislation that will:
This legislation is supported by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and others in the law enforcement community. I believe this is common-sense legislation to ensure the most violent dangerous criminals face appropriate and serious punishment.
Prior cosponsors: STEPHENS, BARRAR, REGAN, HEFFLEY, HARHART, MARSICO, TAYLOR, MURT, DeLUCA, D. COSTA, MOUL, WATSON, MILNE, FARRY, KORTZ and ENGLISH