If signed into law, a package of gun legislation in Harrisburg could help reduce gun violence in Philadelphia. One measure would turn current misdemeanor firearm possession by a felon into a felony offense. Another bill sets state mandatory minimum penalties for repeat gun possession by people with prior violent crime or drug-trafficking convictions. A defendant with two prior convictions would face a five-year mandatory sentence. Three or more convictions would yield a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence.
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