Mike Freeman suggested some fixes to state law that would keep guns from people he thinks shouldn’t have them.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, Sen. Ron Latz (DFL-District 46) and Rep. John Lesch (DFL-District 66B) are pushing for five changes to state law that they say would keep guns from people who shouldn’t have them. At a press conference Thursday, Freeman spelled out the following recommendations included in the legislation that’s been introduced: Watch the three men speak about the proposal in the video above. Hearings on the proposal are scheduled for next week in the House and the end of February in the Senate.
What happens after an offender's name hits the news?
A 21-year old local is arrested in a whirl of blue and red lights after police find a quarter-pound of marijuana in his trunk during a traffic stop. It's only enough to fill a sandwich baggie to the brim, but it now has him facing a charge of fifth-degree possession of marijuana he could face as much as five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Harsh? Some might say so for what could be a "youthful indiscretion," but not all is as it meets the eye. "The statute says zero to five (years), but nobody gets five," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told Patch. "They almost never do real time for low-level stuff." That's because the state's criminal justice system doesn't think tossing someone in the cooler for petty drug use actually …