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New bill aims to allow judges to impose bail on those charged with illegal sale, use, possession of guns

The bill would allow judges the discretion to impose bail on anyone charged with the illegal sale, use or possession of a gun.

News 12 Staff

Aug 18, 2021, 7:22 PM

Updated 1,062 days ago

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A sharp increase in gun violence in Rockland County during the last 18 months has led to the creation of a new bill to fight back on gun crime.
The bill would allow judges the discretion to impose bail on anyone charged with the illegal sale, use or possession of a gun.
The Rockland County Sheriff's Office says in a typical year, Rockland would have one or two gun violence incidents. Since bail reform took effect in January 2020, the county has had 39.
"That includes shots fired, people shooting one another, that includes homicides. I would say to you in my previous 40 years in law enforcement there probably hasn't been 40 incidents in Rockland County," says Sheriff Lou Falco.
Lawmakers tell News 12 it will be a priority when they return to session in January.


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