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  •  Lax enforcement of existing law is a problem nt (1+ / 0-)
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    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 07:04:11 AM PDT

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    •  The existing provisions in law in which (1+ / 0-)
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      the use of a gun in the commission of a crime makes the underlying crime a higher level felony, or in which the gun use in the commission of a crime is a separate felony with its own substantial penalty, are very frequently dropped in the course of plea bargaining. Additionally, the specific charges of domestic abuse, ("fifth degree assault" in Minnesota, as I recall,) are often lowered to "disorderly conduct" or something similar, which no longer triggers the NICS check that is supposed to prevent abusers from obtaining guns.

      -7.25, -6.26

      We are men of action; lies do not become us.

      by ER Doc on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 12:18:04 PM PDT

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