Washington groups renew 'tough love' take on kids with guns

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 4:21 PM

(In the video above, King Co. Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg talks about the coalition's proposals for addressing gun crimes by juveniles.)

SEATTLE -- Gun rights and gun control groups are coming together as part of renewed effort in Washington state to show some "tough love" to kids who illegally carry guns.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg joined Republican and Democratic lawmakers in announcing legislation to stiffen penalties and boost rehabilitation efforts for those under 18 who are caught with guns. They were joined by representatives of Washington CeaseFire as well as the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

It's the fourth time such legislation has been sponsored, but the first that gun rights and gun control groups have been on board.

Under current law, a first offense for youth gun possession merits zero days in detention. It isn't until someone's fifth offense that they're sent to the state Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration. The new legislation calls for someone to be spend at least 15 weeks at JRA for their second offense.
 

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