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In shocking news, California may soften some of its strict laws on gun crime.

A California State assembly committee passed legislation that would — if passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor — loosen some of the strict gun laws the state has. The proponents of this legislation are citing the disproportionate effect the laws have on the African American community.

From the Daily Wire: 

The Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 6-2 to approve the Anti-Racism Sentencing Reform Act, though the proposal still has several hurdles to clear before becoming law.

Assemblyman Alex Lee’s office said he agreed to co-sponsor the bill “to correct decades of harm done to communities of color.” Staffers recently created a “fact sheet” that argues imposing stiffer sentencing laws added on to the charge of an underlying offense drives up incarceration rates, crowds prisons, and serves as “a legal monument to racism.”

“If a gun is used during a violent felony offense – such as a robbery – California’s ‘10-20-Life’ gun enhancement applies,” it said. “A 10-year enhancement is available for any use of a gun, which is increased to 20 years if the gun is discharged, and to 25-to-life if great bodily injury or death occurs.”

AB 1509, as the bill is known, would eliminate the use of most gun enhancements and significantly reduce the others, modifying them from 10-20-life to 1-2-3 years.

While this bill will do little for gun enthusiasts and 2A supporters in the state it does right what some would describe as major wrongs in the California legal system pertaining to sentencing when guns are involved. There are still some critics of the proposed legislation.

Eric Siddall, the vice president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys of Los Angeles County, told the Daily Wire that he thinks the proposed legislation is a bad idea. “In essence, the bill decriminalizes the use of a firearm in California for the most severe, most violent felonies. What this bill would do is encourage violent criminals to use guns during their crime because the penalty is so insignificant.” Siddall told the Daily Wire.

 

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