Mandatory sentencing for firearms felonies clears Senate comm.

Mandatory sentencing for firearms felonies clears Senate comm.

May 17, 2007

NASHVILLE (AP) -- Legislation that would require mandatory sentencing for violent offenders who commit a felony involving a firearm has moved out of the House Judiciary Committee.

The bill sponsored by Rep. John DeBerry of Memphis is one of several recommended by the Tennessee Public Safety Coalition to curtail violent crime and make the state's communities safer.

Under the legislation, a person who possesses a firearm while committing a felony would have to serve a minimum of three years in prison.

A person who has a prior record would have to serve five years.

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