Violent Career Criminal Act

By: WTAP News
By: WTAP News

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced an effort to change sentencing laws for gun crimes.

The Violent Career Criminal Act would push tougher penalties on repeat gun crime offenders.

Right now, a felon convicted of illegally having a firearm faces one to five years in prison in Ohio.

The act calls for a mandatory 11 year sentence if a felon has been convicted of two or more violent felonies.

"I certainly support the attorney generals decision of harsher penalties for people who use weapons in the commission of crimes. I think they should go to jail for a lot longer.," says Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

A study shows people with two or more violent felony offenses are responsible for 57 percent of Ohio's violent felony convictions.

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