Tougher Pa. Gun Laws Receive Montgomery County DA's Support

Risa Ferman says it could reduce violence in Montco.

Delaware Valley politicians ban together to fight to get tougher gun laws. The district attorneys in the Greater Philadelphia area have put their heads together to find ways to restrict illegal weapons in the region.

Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney, told Nesworks that "the legislation could also help reduce violence in [Montgomery County] areas."

According to a report by WHYY, Ferman has "joined a bipartisan contingent of lawmakers to discuss new state legislation setting a mandatory minimum two-year sentence for illegally carrying a firearm in Philadelphia."

To read the full report and all the bill entails, visit the Newsworks story here.

p bresn April 05, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Stephen Eickhoff April 05, 2013 at 09:15 PM
It's too bad the PA AG is not so wise. And trust me, this has nothing to do with parties. If their affiliations were reversed, I'd say the same.
joanne mamrosch April 06, 2013 at 11:50 AM
For once someone realizes that the criminals do not walk into a Dicks Sporting goods store to buy their weapons. It takes more thought thas restricting the sale of guns to citizens to help prevent the violence in our country. Congratulations to the Montgomery County District Attorney.
SMYRNA-X April 06, 2013 at 01:10 PM
I cant wait for that poor guy who's a tourist or driving thru philly, with a gun that is carried lawfully in his own jurisdiction, and his butt is in jail for 2 years. With different laws and standards, county to county, state by state, state to federal, who can ever be in compliance. This country has lost focus on the criminal, instead focusing on his method. How about stiffer penalties for committing crimes with a firearm- and sticking with it. How about a "megans-law" of firearms crime residvist.
JuvCourtLifer April 07, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Many of these offenders have previous weapons offenses when they finally kill. Harsh mandatory minimums for crimes committed with a firearm with no plea deal is a start.


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