Pa. bill to hike gun crime penalties signed into law

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Gov. Tom Wolf has signed legislation to increase the maximum penalty for felons who illegally possess guns.

Act 134 of 2016 makes the crime a first-degree felony with a maximum possible punishment of 10-20 years for repeat offenders.

Previously, a felon convicted of illegally possessing a gun faced a second-degree felony and a maximum sentence of five to 10 years.

The bill’s author, Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery), has said felons who illegally possess guns are the root cause of much of the gun violence on our streets.

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