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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