Senator Thomas J. Fisher introduced bill 79-37 to increase punishments for possession or use of a deadly weapon when committing a felony.
The introduction follows an announcement by senator Fisher during a press conference held last month, saying that he would introduce a measure to increase penalties for possessing and using a gun in the commission of a crime.
Bill 79-37 aims to increase the minimum sentence for the use of a deadly weapon or a firearm while committing a crime from no less than 5 to 10 years to a maximum of 25 years.
The intent comes as senator Fisher said that criminals that use deadly weapons pose a greater threat to the people of Guam.
“The offenders who choose to brandish and use a gun to perpetrate their criminal activities are showing contempt for human life and therefore, represent a particular danger to the people of Guam.” said the Senator on a release.
Besides the increased punishments, criminals will also face fines and permanent criminal records.
“The criminals of this island are not in charge and never will be. Not under my watch.” added Fisher.