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Proposed Pa. Law Would Impose Mandatory Sentencing for People Who Shoot at Cops

November 09, 2007  | 

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and House speaker Dennis O'Brien have expressed bi-partisan support for a law that would impose a minimum 20-year sentence on anyone convicted of shooting at a cop, regardless of whether the officer is struck by the bullets. Rendell is a Democrat. O'Brien is a Republican.

The mandatory sentencing proposal is part of a larger slate of legislation that includes three proposed gun control laws. Other bills currently being considered in the Pennsylvania legislature would limit handgun sales to one per month, permit cities to pass their own gun control laws, and require that any gun theft be reported to police.

Rendell supports all of the gun control bills. O'Brien has not publicly voiced a position on any of the bills except for the officer protection bill.

Rendell told the Philadelphia Inquirer: "We can't be afraid of the NRA." He stressed that the majority of Pennsylvania citizens support the gun control laws and the officer protection law.

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Comments (4)

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ftw @ 11/9/2007 2:36 PM

foolishness!
To think that a criminal would report that they purchased any firearm, much less multiple guns sales.

kb3djs @ 11/9/2007 11:47 PM

I support the proposed law for shooting at police,but I do not support the other proposed laws. Because the polititians in Philly and Pittsburg need to enforce the laws already on the books instead of baming the state for their local problems which they seem to be lacking the guts to do so. Making their own firearm laws is not going to solve their crime problems. Criminals do not abide the laws anyway only the law abiding citizens do.

sharpschooter @ 11/15/2007 2:38 AM

corner gun sales are not reported to the state, so how would Rendell know how many guns a criminal bought. There are to many gun laws as, with every town making their own. How are we to know what to obey when travelling in Pa.

tackleberry011 @ 6/4/2008 1:09 AM

Typical politics. Take something that will garner positive attention like mandatory sentencing for those convicted of shooting at a cop and attach a personal agenda to it so that it almost certainly ensures its defeat. It sin't so much the "one-a-day" thing or even the mandate to report a stolen gun (Duh!) but allowing each city to pass their own gun control laws? The bottom line here is this: If I'm on the street by myself and get in a shooting situation with more than one person, I want law abiding citizens to be armed. New laws for control purchase of guns don't affect criminals, they only affect those that LEGALLY purchase weapons and infringe upon their ability to do so. Thumbs down PA.

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