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Lawmakers Consider Stricter Penalties For Firearms Charges

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Lawmakers in Richmond are busy considering stricter penalties for some firearms charges.

The bills are part of a series of recommendations from Governor McDonnell's School and Campus Safety Task Force. Suggested Legislation was introduced last week.

Among them is Senate Bill 1377, which requires a minimum five-year sentence for someone who plots to commit a violent felony on school grounds with a gun or explosive. Another bill, Senate Bill 1378, increases the penalties for those who knowingly sell firearms to those who are not legally allowed to own them, like convicted felons and the mentally ill.

Both bills passed unanimously out of a Senate committee Wednesday. They will go to the Senate floor for a vote this week.

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