Gun Laws

Stricter Gun Control Laws or Underlying Socioeconomic Issues?

Callers and the panelists on Court Radio discussed the merits of stricter gun control laws, the current sentencing enhancements for gun-related crimes and the socioeconomic factors that can sometimes contribute to gun ownership rates and gun violence.

Fast Facts on Firearms

  • Every year, about 11,000 people die in homicides related to gun violence.
  • Comparatively, the United States has the highest rate in the world of gun deaths per capita.
  • If you are caught possessing a gun during the commission of a crime in Philadelphia, and it is your first offense, you can face enhanced penalties from two and a half years to up to 10 years based on the crime. Second offenses, whether a state or federal crime, face even greater penalties.

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