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McDonough To Introduce Gun Bills

Bills will prohibit early release for those convicted of gun violence and create a statewide public registry of those paroled after receiving gun-related convictions.

Del. Pat McDonough is expected to introduce two bills Thursday that he said are dedicated to preventing gun violence.

"If my bills were to pass and fewer people were getting out [of jail] there would be less murders in the city," McDonough said, adding that proponents of more restrictive gun laws "don't want to talk about guns but they don't want to talk about gun violence or the issue of gun violence."

One bill will prohibit early release for any criminal convicted of gun violence and also eliminate plea bargains for those charges.

"There were 195 gun murders in Baltimore City last year," McDonough, a Middle River Republican, said. "Seventy percent were perpetrated by convicted felons on parole."

McDonough said that 40 percent of those gun murders were committed by felons convicted by gun crimes who were on parole at the time.

The second bill would require the creation of a website similar to the sex offender website. That site would provide information about paroled gun offenders including a photo, personal information, crimes committed with guns, parole date, and location of residence, according to McDonough.

Last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that a package of gun control bills would top his legislative priorities for the 2013 General Assembly session.

O'Malley is also pushing for the repeal of the death penalty in the state. McDonough called the combined efforts "a lot of crap."

"The common link here is that they both benefit criminals, they don't benefit law abiding citizens," McDonough said. "This is a criminal-friendly state."

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You January 23, 2013 at 11:25 PM
@ jag. The major issue is black on black killings with illegal guns. That is the problem with the nation. YES, Democrats avoid the topic like a plague, so I, among others agree that they don't care about all the black on black murders the past 20 years. Gun laws? I am very aware and they have focused on limiting LEGAL gun owners from owning a gun, NOT putting away the gangbangers with illegal guns for decades in prisons. How can you not see this issue? ITS not legal gun owners! PUT away the thugs that commit 90% of the gun murders in this nation with Illegal guns! We need "jury of their peers" to stop the "Jesus will save" talks and to prosecute these criminals and put them away for decades in jail (no more handouts and free passes OR plea bargains). Hum: We don't plea bargain with terrorists. Why plea bargain or "save" proven inner city terrorists, which kill more people per year in the US than the Taliban kills in the world in a year?
You January 23, 2013 at 11:27 PM
You don't have to review my comments Little Frankie. You can meet me in person if you want? Lets stick to the topic and stop playing the distraction card.
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Still waiting for an answer.
You January 24, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Little Frankie... using comments out of context and edited... do you work for NBC?
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