10 year prison term proposed for using a gun during a crime - Fox 2 News Headlines

10 year prison term proposed for using a gun during a crime

Posted: Updated:
State Senator Rick Jones wants more prison time for those who use a gun during a crime.  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) State Senator Rick Jones wants more prison time for those who use a gun during a crime. (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
PONTIAC, Mich. (WJBK) -

Gun violence is out of control in communities all over Southeast Michigan, but a new law is in the works that could make a big difference.

"We want to send a strong message out there everywhere across Michigan, if you bring a gun to your crime, you're doing hard time. Period," said state Senator Rick Jones.

He is turning those words into law. Right now, using a gun during a crime will earn you two years behind bars.

Jones is proposing, "An automatic ten years in prison for using a gun during a crime. We have to send a strong message. We're not doing it right now with this two year law. The legislation would require 25 to life if you harm or kill somebody with a gun."

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard and Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee say a law like that is exactly what the streets need.

"These are the kind of tools that are helpful to keep the worst off the street, the ones that are pulling the guns and pulling the triggers," said Bouchard.

"You have to start to take the incentive out of carrying a gun.  When you're only looking at two to three years simply by carrying a gun, we have not sent a strong enough message," Godbee remarked.

Community leaders like Pastor Douglas Jones say they'll do whatever it takes to make sure this proposed law makes it to their neighborhoods.

"If we don't take these people off the street, then the streets become even more dangerous. People are not able to go to church, not able to enjoy their communities. So very, very important, and it's important that we don't slap people on the hands anymore. It's important they really feel the pinch."

This legislation is still being drafted, but if it makes it through the House and the Senate, it could become a law by the end of this year.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Dearborn man bound for trial for fatal soccer referee punch

    Dearborn man bound for trial for fatal soccer referee punch

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:53 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:53:32 GMT
    A Dearborn man will see a trial for second degree murder, accused of killing a soccer referee with one punch.Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was bound over for trial in the death of John Bienewicz in 16th District Court today.Saad was ejected from an adult soccer game in Livonia -- when witnesses say he turned around and punched Bienewicz in the face June 29 .A Wayne County medical examiner testified that Bienewicz lost consciousness before he hit the ground.The defense said that it was a competitive ...
    A Dearborn man will see a trial for second degree murder, accused of killing a soccer referee with one punch.Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was bound over for trial in the death of John Bienewicz in 16th District Court today.Saad was ejected from an adult soccer game in Livonia -- when witnesses say he turned around and punched Bienewicz in the face June 29 .A Wayne County medical examiner testified that Bienewicz lost consciousness before he hit the ground.The defense said that it was a competitive ...
  • Testimony: Renisha McBride pounded on homeowner's door before being fatally shot

    Testimony: Renisha McBride pounded on homeowner's door before being fatally shot

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:47:47 GMT
    DETROIT (AP) -- A former medical examiner sparred with a prosecutor Thursday over a wound on the hand of a woman who was fatally shot on a Detroit-area porch, telling jurors it seems to fit the defense's claim that Renisha McBride was pounding on the homeowner's doors before she was killed.Dr. Werner Spitz, a forensic pathologist, said photos of McBride's body show a "small superficial laceration" on her left hand. It "could have come from pounding on something," Spitz said.The testimony was ...
    DETROIT (AP) -- A former medical examiner sparred with a prosecutor Thursday over a wound on the hand of a woman who was fatally shot on a Detroit-area porch, telling jurors it seems to fit the defense's claim that Renisha McBride was pounding on the homeowner's doors before she was killed.Dr. Werner Spitz, a forensic pathologist, said photos of McBride's body show a "small superficial laceration" on her left hand. It "could have come from pounding on something," Spitz said.The testimony was ...
  • Twitter tussle erupts after Price traded from Tampa Bay to Detroit

    Twitter tussle erupts after Price traded from Tampa Bay to Detroit

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:31:19 GMT
    A friendly scuffle broke out on Twitter after the news Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price was traded to Detroit.
    A friendly scuffle broke out on Twitter after the news Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price was traded to Detroit.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices