Missouri U.S. Senators Josh Hawley and eight of his colleagues have introduced the Stop Gun Criminals Act, legislation to increase penalties for felons who illegally possess or use firearms.
Hawley says, “Violent criminals have no business being anywhere around guns. If they get them, they should go to prison even longer than they currently do—keeping law-abiding Americans safe demands no less. And while we’re at it, it’s past time to ensure prosecutors have the tools they need to put repeat offenders behind bars for a long time. This bill does both.”
The Stop Gun Criminals Act would:
Set a minimum sentence of five years for illegally possessing a gun. Increase the mandatory minimum sentence for criminals who use a gun in the commission of another crime from five years to seven years. For such criminals who brandish a gun during the crime, the minimum would increase from seven years to 10 years. For such criminals who actually fire their weapon during the crime, the minimum would increase from 10 years to 15 years.