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NCJ Number: 91206 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Mandatory Prison Sentence for Using a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime
Corporate Author: Council of State Governments
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Council of State Governments
Lexington, KY 40578
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper gives a general overview of the public debate over firearms control, notes the advantages of advocating mandatory prison sentences for those using firearms in the commission of a crime, and cites State statutes where such provisions exist.
Abstract: Among the advantages of mandatory imprisonment for firearms use in committing a crime are that it has well-known adherents, the support of influential organizations, and is administratively easy to impose. At present, there are 23 States with mandatory sentencing measures. Some research has been done to assess the deterrent effectiveness of these measures, but results have been inconclusive. Five additional information sources are listed, and 22 references given.
Index Term(s): Firearms acts; Gun Control; Mandatory Sentencing
Note: CSG Backgrounder
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