Rendell signs bill increasing some gun penalties

October 17, 2008 1:04:26 PM PDT
Gov. Ed Rendell has signed a bill that increases the mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of shooting a firearm at a police officer and for crimes committed with illegally purchased guns. Rendell signed the bill Friday at the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police lodge.

The signing comes less than 10 days after the Legislature unanimously approved the bill and less than a month after Philadelphia Police Officer Patrick McDonald was killed by an illegally purchased gun.

The bill raises the mandatory minimum sentence for anyone shooting a firearm at a police officer to 20 years. It also increases penalties for crimes related to straw purchases of firearms, for lying when filing federal paperwork to buy a gun and for filing a false report of a stolen gun.

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