McCrory Pledges to Strengthen Penalty When Firearms are Used to Commit Felony
Mayor Pat McCrory today pledged to toughen the enhancement penalty when a firearm is used to commit a felony. Beverly Perdue was a leader in Raleigh when the current flawed law passed.
"We can thank my opponent for giving us a toothless law when a firearm is used to commit a felony," said McCrory. "As governor, I will make it a legislative priority to toughen the enhancement penalty when a firearm is used in these types of crimes. The lieutenant governor has not led. As governor, I will lead."
Current law calls for a 60 month enhanced sentence if a gun is used in the commission of a class A, B, C, D, or E felony. However, the enhancement is often ignored in cases such as assault with a deadly weapon. In addition, only one enhancement is provided no matter how many firearms are possessed in the commission of the crime. Finally, an entire felony class does not receive an enhanced penalty.
"North Carolina's criminal justice system is broken. One of the reasons I am running for governor is that our men and women in uniform are re-arresting the same criminals over and over. We have to keep dangerous criminals off the street," said McCrory. "Whether we are talking about gangs infiltrating our schools and neighborhoods, talking about a revolving door justice system that is woefully underfunded, or talking about toothless sentencing measures, the status quo is unacceptable."