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Governor signs bill imposing sentences for gun felonies

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that imposes mandatory minimum prison sentences for violent felons who illegally possess a gun.

A felon caught possessing a gun within five years after being imprisoned for a violent felony or violent misdemeanor will now 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 minimum sentence ranging from 18 months to five years in prison depending on the severity of the crime.

Walker signed the bill into law on Wednesday.

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