Texas bill proposes mandatory sentences for gun crimes
AUSTIN, Texas (KTEN)—A Texas House bill to institute mandatory sentences for certain crimes is currently under review in the legislature.
House Bill 4843 would raise unlawful possession of a firearm to a second-degree felony, and sentence those convicted of using firearms in certain felonies to at least 10 years in prison or parole.
The bill started out as Senate Bill 23, but died in the House over the weekend after failing to meet a deadline. It was revived and combined with an existing proposed House bill.