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State Representative Todd Stephens has introduced a bill to impose a five-year minimum prison sentence for illegally possessing a firearm, but the governor, advocates, and others say it’s the wrong approach.
The Charlotte Observer built a narrative on gun crime that relies almost exclusively on police and prosecutors, ignores the violence of incarceration, and offers zero non-carceral solutions.
Adam H. Johnson
With Chesa Boudin, candidate for San Francisco district attorney
Murder rates are at an all-time low in Brooklyn, but one would hardly know it reading the New York Times.
Lawmakers say Republicans used deceptive tactics to pass the controversial bill. The legislative record tells a different story.
The program was supposed to target ‘leading’ violent offenders. Today it’s sweeping up low-level, and disproportionately Black, defendants.
Established to track anyone convicted of a gun-related offense, the registry has proved to be both racist and ineffective in reducing gun violence.