Baltimore: 500 People Shot This Year While Gun Arrests are Down 31 Percent


Baltimore City Council committee plans to debate a proposal for a new 1-year mandatory minimum sentence for first-time gun offenders after a hearing Tuesday.

The seven-member Judiciary and Legislative Investigations committee will meet at 10 a.m. to hear testimony about the bill and then take a vote on the measure, said Councilman Eric T. Costello, the committee’s chairman.

Four members of the committee — Costello, Edward Reisinger, Robert Stokes and Leon Pinkett — have said they intend to support the bill. Councilman Brandon Scott is opposed, while Council members Mary Pat Clarke and John Bullock have said they’re undecided.