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The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) to enact tougher sentences for violent felons in possession of firearms.  The legislation continues Norris’ series of anti-crime laws dubbed “Crooks with Guns” passed over the last decade to curb gun-related violence and focus resources on keeping violent criminals behind bars longer to protect the public.

Senate Bill 1241, which is supported by the District Attorneys General Conference, the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission and the city of Memphis, follows recent reports that convicted felons illegally in possession of firearms have increased from 13 to 17 percent over the past three years.

“The proliferation of crimes involving firearms points to the need for a more effective hammer to deter felons from going armed,” said Senator Norris.  “This legislation continues our efforts to give law enforcement authorities stronger tools to curb violent crime in Tennessee.”

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