CRIME IS an unfortunate part of society. Committing such acts with the use of a firearm is despicable.
That is why we are of supportive of legislation that State Rep. Jack Cera has proposed.
The Bellaire Democrat has introduced legislation that calls for a mandatory prison term of 10 years for any person who uses a firearm while committing a felony.
When firearms come into play during a criminal act, the chances for injury or death are greatly heightened. That is reason enough to back Cera's new piece of legislation.
Local law enforcement officials were instrumental in helping Cera craft his bill, with Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla being one of the most vocal.
Abdalla and Cera both believe the increase in a prison term for using a gun while committing a felony may help discourage the high rate of crime that involves shootings and killings.
Local Government Funding has been drastically reduced. LGF monies were frequently used to aid law-enforcement agencies. With that resource gone, local crime fighting has become more dangerous, which makes Cera's legislation all more necessary.
The bill calls for a 10-year mandatory conviction if the person displays or brandishes a firearm, indicates he/she has it in their possession or uses it to facilitate the felony. It also applies if the firearm is an automatic firearm or is equipped with a muffler or silencer.
"There's an old saying, if you are going to do the crime, be prepared to do the time. This bill now increases the time, and it involves a mandatory 10-year sentence," added Cera.
Gun-toting felons pose a major threat to the well-being of society. They need punished with the toughest sentences possible.