Bill would address illegal gun possession sentencing

Baltimore City State's Attorney Ivan Bates is making some progress in his effort to get tough on gun crimes. The new Baltimore prosecutor found a lawmaker to sponsor his proposal to make the penalty for misdemeanor gun possession more uniform. Under current law, offenders aged 18 to 20 face a five-year sentence, while those 21 and older face a three-year sentence. Bates' proposal would make sentencing uniform for everyone: A minimum of three years in prison and a maximum of five, regardless of age.