Springfield (AP) -- Anti-gun legislation is going to
the Illinois House floor without changing the penalty for first-time offenders.
The Judiciary Committee
voted 12-2 for legislation toughening sentences for repeat criminals.
But Rep. Michael
Zalewski amended the initiative to keep the current sentence -- one year for
the first time someone is caught with a loaded, unlicensed gun. Offenders will still get out in six months
instead of having to serve 85 percent of their sentences.
That was enough to get
support from the National Rifle Association. The NRA worried law-abiding gun
owners would get snagged in an innocent mistake.
But Illinois Department
of Corrections officials remain opposed. Agency liaison Michael Lane says the prison system is
"broke" and can't afford to house more prisoners.
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