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This Is What Baltimore Gun Cases Look Like: City Council ponders 1-year mandatory minimum while courts offer their own logic—or illogic

This Is What Baltimore Gun Cases Look Like: City Council ponders 1-year mandatory minimum while courts offer their own logic—or illogic

In Baltimore you can already get five years for carrying a gun but Mayor Catherine Pugh wants a mandatory minimum—a citywide mandatory one-year jail sentence for anyone caught carrying a gun illegally within 100 yards of a school or another "place of public assembly," even if it's their first charge.

City Councilman Brandon Scott (2nd District), who chairs the Public Safety Committee, has made up his mind already.

"I'm against it," he tells a reporter just before the July 17 council meeting. "Mandatory minimums won't change the fact that gun arrests are down 14 percent this year."

The bill is about to be introduced at this...

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