06/13/2011

Police in Ohio want to strengthen gun charges

Officers, frustrated that repeat offenders face no additional punishment, to seek new law

By Theodore Decker
The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The head of the local police union and a state senator from Columbus will explore changes to state law that would increase punishments for repeat gun offenders.

Sgt. Jim Gilbert, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9, said a series of stories that ran in The Dispatch last month, "Target: Gun Violence," caused him to focus on the laws that deal with felons who habitually carry guns.

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