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Assembly passes mandatory sentences for gun crimes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has passed a bill that would impose mandatory minimum prison sentences for violent felons who illegally possess a gun.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote Tuesday. It goes next to the state Senate.

Under the bill, that felon would face a mandatory minimum of three years in prison. If a felon uses a gun to commit a violent felony, he or she would face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison plus the three years for possession.

Felons who commit less severe violent felonies with a gun would face a mandatory minimum of three years for possession plus a minimum of one-and-a-half years to three years depending on the crime.

The mandatory sentences would end in mid-2020.

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