TODAY: Baltimore City Council to Consider Minimum 1 Year Sentence for Illegal Handguns

BALTIMORE – Monday, Baltimore City Council will take up a new bill forcing jail time for many caught with an illegal firearm, according to Councilman Eric Costello.

“We need to do something and this is a great step in the right direction,” he said.

ABC2 News Investigative Reporter Brian Kuebler obtained a draft copy of the bill Thursday afternoon. The bill creates a one year mandatory prison sentence and fine of $1,000 for illegal possession of a handgun within 100 yards of a park, church, school, public building or other public gathering place. It does not give the option of parole or probation before judgment.

“Public safety is the number one priority in the city right now,” Costello said.