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Posted: 1/11/2005 10:40:56 PM EDT
I already posted this in the Hometown section but decided I wanted to post it in the General Discussion also so instead of double posting here is a link to the first post:


A local paper had run a story on the first case the court heard and it was disgusting.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 10:45:26 PM EDT
I dont see anything about a "gun court".

Can you explain?
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 10:59:46 PM EDT
It is the citys plan to stop criminals from plea-bargaining away their firearm related offences.
At least that is what they are telling us.
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 11:00:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2005 11:04:06 PM EDT by Princeton]
Here is part of the story I found online, unfortunately the article in the paper went into a bit more detail:

Philadelphia’s gun court opens

By Jacqueline Soteropoulos

The city launched its new "gun court" program today to help reduce violence stemming from illegal possession of firearms.

Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart began the day with 44 cases involving firearms possession on his docket. He heard a few cases and scheduled more than a dozen non-jury trials for the coming two months and one jury trial for his courtroom.

City, state and federal officials yesterday announced the "gun court" to help reduce violence from illegal possession of firearms and as part of an overall strategy against gun violence in Philadelphia.

Police reported 328 murders last year with eight of 10 involving guns.

Defense attorney Jeremy Gelb represented a defendant who appeared before Minehart, pleaded guilty to carrying the firearm without a license, a third-degree felony and received three years probation. Gelb said he believes his client would have likely received the same sentence in any Philadelphia courtroom. He said he believes the city's judges have always taken gun cases seriously.

The difference with gun court, Gelb said, is that "the supervision level in these cases is going to be more intense," including gun-education programs.

What this story left out was:

He's 48, never arrested...


He was required to sign a document promising to surrender all his firearms within 10 days...
Link Posted: 1/11/2005 11:41:34 PM EDT
Those folks are crazy up there. Carrying a pistol without a permit is a felony.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:32:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By cheeks:
Those folks are crazy up there. Carrying a pistol without a permit is a felony.

No it is not...

It is a violation of your God given rights to protect yourself and you loved ones...
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:43:44 AM EDT
If someone commits a crime using a firearm, fine, punish them.  If someone gets a felony conviction because they haven't registered or procured the correct licensure, then that is an affront to the 2A.

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