Tennessee cops want stronger gun laws

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Chattanooga prosecutor says the so-called "Crooks with Guns" bill that went into effect this year isn't enough.

The statute requires mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes committed with guns.

But Hamilton County District Attorney general Bill Cox says the final version of the bill failed to include a provision that would have targeted repeat offenders charged with possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

Cox says such an offense carries higher punishment in the federal court system.

Chattanooga police Chief Freeman Cooper says adding the provision to state law would be a deterrent to repeat offenders.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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