TALLAHASSEE - A bill introduced by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, will keep violent offenders who have prior convictions and who commit a crime with a firearm behind bars longer. Senate Bill 1272 entitled Possession of a Firearm or Destructive Device During the Commission of an Offense passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee Feb. 9.
Currently, there is an exception to the mandatory sentence under the 10-20-Life law which gives a lighter sentence of three years to a person who is convicted of carrying a firearm while committing a crime.
The bill proposed by Latvala changes the law so that previously convicted offenders will have a 10-year mandatory sentence if convicted for committing another violent crime. Only offenders who have no prior conviction of possessing a firearm while committing a crime will receive a three-year sentence.
“Violent felons who prey on Floridians and our many tourists must be incarcerated longer than three years. This bill will save lives,” Latvala said.
For more information on this bill, call Latvala’s Tallahassee office at 850-487-5075.